Double abduction turns out to be family affair; Three more arrested
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CREATED Jun. 20, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a story of kidnapping, conspiracy, and international investigations.
Now it appears all of it was a family affair.
Three more people are behind bars, accused in the abductions of two Tucson area toddlers.
Authorities found them by working their way up a twisted family tree.
Caroline Oddo's and Estella Lovemore's little faces were plastered across Pima County for months.
"This has been the worst experience of my life," said Caroline's mother Anna earlier this year.
Caroline was kidnapped in November.
Estella went missing a few months later.
Authorities began an across-the-border search for Caroline's father Luis Palacio and Estella's mother Danielle Lovemore.
"I'm determined to get my daughter back," said Richter Lewis, Estella's dad. "I'm not going to quit until I do."
Fast forward to March: all four are found.
The girls were reunited with their families in Nogales.
Danielle Lovemore faces charged in the kidnapping, but Palacio claimed citizenship in Mexico.
He is still at large.
Now, three new faces have been added to the mix, all from Luis' family album.
They are his mother Virginia Palacio, his grandmother Leticia Romero and his grandfather Jose Romero.
Police say all three knew about the kidnappings.
Virginia and Leticia helped the crimes cross the border.
Police cite it as proof that just because the girls are safe, the investigation doesn't stop.
"We do take it seriously and we're trying to be as thorough as we can in our investigation and we're bringing everybody that's involved to justice," said Sgt. Jose Alvarez of the Marana police department.
And it's a key point, he adds, since Palacio is still on the streets.
If you have any information on Luis Palacio, you are urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-crime.
Virginia Palacio and Leticia Romero face two counts each of hindering an investigation and custodial interference.
Jose Romero is charged with two counts of custodial interference.
9OYS spoke to the families of little Caroline and Estella via phone.
They say they are happy about these latest arrests, adding the girls are doing well.