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Abducted girl back in Kingman

A 5-year-old Kingman girl who was allegedly abducted on Sept. 6 - and offered in exchange for two ounces of methamphetamine - was returned safely from the Denver area to Kingman Wednesday.

Jennifer Dunn, the mother of the victim, contacted the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. She reported on Sept. 6 that Patricia Sanford, an acquaintance of the family, picked up Jade Dunn at school.

"Sanford was on a contact list to pick up the child, however, she was not authorized or expected to pick Jade up on that date," FBI Special Agent Deborah McCarley said in a news release.

On Sunday, Jade's grandmother reported that Sanford contacted her. Sanford allegedly told the grandmother Jade had been transported out of Arizona.

"Sanford then began to relay messages to the grandmother from Virgil Kosmicki, previously Jade's stepfather, who was initially reported as demanding two ounces of methamphetamine in exchange for Jade," McCarley said.

According to Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Jennifer Dunn is in custody on drug paraphernalia possession and use charges. He added there were questions over who had custody, so it was initially dealt with as a custodial interference matter.

When the MCSO learned Jade had been taken out of the state, they addressed it as an abduction.

After an extensive investigation by the MCSO, it was believed Kosmicki was holding Jade near Denver.

It isn't clear from information provided by the FBI or the MCSO as to how Jade ended up with Kosmicki.

"Despite the previous relationship between Kosmicki and the victim's mother, Kosmicki had no legal rights regarding custody of Jade Dunn," McCarley said.

On Tuesday, the FBI's assistance was requested to conduct additional investigative work in Colorado. Phoenix FBI field agents and analysts began to work closely with the MCSO to expand their investigation in and around the Denver area.

With information provided by both parties, FBI field agents in Denver quickly determined that Kosmicki was possibly in Aurora. Agents enlisted the assistance of the Aurora Police Department and together law enforcement was able to locate Jade at a residence in Aurora.

She was then returned to Kingman where she is being cared for by her grandmother. "This joint law enforcement effort represents the best of how law enforcement can save and protect," Phoenix Special Agent in Charge John E. Lewis said. "The most important issue here is that this child was safely found."

Kosmicki was also located at the residence and arrested. He is presently being held without bail on a Mohave County warrant on drug charges. Charges related to Jade Dunn's disappearance could be filed by the FBI, Sheahan said.

Sanford currently isn't facing any charges, Sheahan said. He added the investigation is ongoing and it's possible charges may be filed.

"I'm pleased with our collective efforts between agencies and that we have arrested the suspect and reunited the child with relatives," Sheahan said.


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