Jesse Robert Kaslov

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Left: Jesse, circa 1998;
Right: Age progression to age 16 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 20, 1998 from South River, New Jersey
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: December 16, 1996
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jesse was last seen in South River, New Jersey on January 20, 1998. He has never been heard from again. He may be with his non-custodial mother, Christina Mitchell. A photo and vital statistics for Mitchell are posted below. A felony warrant was issued for her on January 21, 2000.

    Jesse's father, Ronnie Kaslov, is a Gypsy (also known as a Romany) and obtained a divorce from Mitchell under Gypsy law. While they were fighting over custody of Jesse, Ronnie was allowed to see him for supervised visits two hours a week. Mitchell and her parents fled with Jesse before the custody issue could be resolved.

    Ronnie has accused police of not properly investigating Jesse's abduction because the family are Gypsies. Authorities stated that they have tried to find Jesse, but the Gypsy lifestyle makes it difficult. American Gypsies are an insular group who typically withdraw their children from school after the eighth grade and do not have birth certificates or bank accounts, and they are not counted in most censuses. Ronnie is not legally married to Christina under United States law and authorities have questioned Jesse's paternity.

    Investigators stated they talked to Mitchell's family members and all of them claimed they had not heard from her or Jesse. Jesse and Mitchell are probably using alias names. They may be in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. The child's case remains unsolved.

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    Christina Mitchell
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    Above: Christina Mitchell

    Date of Birth: June 19, 1971
    Age: 26 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'7, 120 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Mitchell may walk with a slight limp and she may dye her hair another color. She may use the aliases Tammy White and/or Christina Ryan.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office
    732-745-3300

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    The Asbury Park Press

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 22, 2013; age-progression updated.

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