International Parental Abductor Mom Apprehended

Officers of the Costa Rican National Police and agents assigned to the FBI’s legal attache office arrested 28-year-old Nicole Elise Kater near Sabalito De Tierra Morena De Canas, in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica on April 22, 2008. Kater is charged with international parental abduction in connection with fleeing the United States with her daughter in violation of a court order.

(Media-Newswire.com) – Officers of the Costa Rican National Police and agents assigned to the FBI’s legal attaché office arrested 28-year-old Nicole Elise Kater near Sabalito De Tierra Morena De Canas, in the Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica on April 22, 2008.  Kater is charged with international parental abduction in connection with fleeing the United States with her daughter in violation of a court order.

In early August 2005, during the course of a custody dispute with the child’s father, Humboldt County Superior Court ordered Kater to appear for a custody hearing and prohibited her from taking her daughter outside of Humboldt County, California.  Shortly before the hearing, Kater flew to Costa Rica with her daughter.  The Court subsequently awarded custody to the girl’s father.

In December 2005, Nicole Kater was charged with international parental kidnapping and a federal warrant was issued for her arrest.

The FBI attributes the successful resolution of this three year investigation to extensive cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the United States and Costa Rica.  Kater will remain incarcerated in Costa Rica until she is extradited back to the United States in early 2009.  The child was reunited with her father, and both are expected to return to the United States this weekend.

Media inquiries may be directed to FBI Special Agent Joseph Schadler at 415 553 7450 or by email at joseph.schadler@ic.fbi.gov 

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