After spending more than 10 years in hiding, Scott Kelley and his stepdaughter Mary Nunes were ready to reveal their identities.
On Monday, the pair walked into the U.S. Consulate in Costa Rica and asked for new passports. Two days later, with passports in hand, the pair boarded a plane headed for Atlanta.
Upon their arrival, Kelley, 50, was arrested for non-custodial kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. A welfare check was conducted with Nunes, 19, who was still considered a missing person.
I am pleased that Mary Nunes was found safe and Scott Kelley is in custody and will be extradited back to New Hampshire to face his charges, said U.S. Marshal David Cargill Jr. of the District of New Hampshire.
Kelley’s wife Genevieve returned to New Hampshire last year after disappearing with Scott and her daughter in 2004.
The story made national headlines after Genevieve fled to Central America with her daughter Mary, who accused her father, Mark Nunes, of sexual abuse. The state investigated, but Nunes was never charged.
After returning to New Hampshire and being released on bail, Genevieve Kelley is currently awaiting trial, which is expected to begin May 8.
For now, Scott is being held without bail at the Clayton County Jail in Georgia. Mary, who is not allowed to communicate with her mother, is currently living in an undisclosed location.
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