Sunday, November 16, 2003

Oxford woman found in Wisc.


Alleged abductor arrested, charged

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD - A 20-year-old woman from this Butler County community, missing for several days, has been found unharmed in northeastern Wisconsin, officials said Saturday.

John R. Powers Jr., accused of abducting Heidi A. Moore, was arrested and jailed on four felony warrants on charges of theft, kidnapping and stalking, according to the Cincinnati division of the FBI.

Powers and Moore were tracked to Lakewood, Wisc., 76 miles from Green Bay, , officials said.

Family members of Moore, who made public appeals for her return, declined comment Saturday.

Moore, a 2001 Talawanda High School graduate, was reported missing Nov. 12.

A day earlier, she visited Powers at the Oxford Inn, where the 45-year-old man rented a room, according to Oxford police. The reason for her visit to Powers was unclear.

A search of the room led authorities to believe Moore had been taken against her will.

According to court documents, Moore was granted a temporary protection order against Powers after contending he attempted to abduct her earlier this month. In that incident, Moore said Powers came to her apartment with a knife and duct tape and told her he was there to kidnap her. However, she said she convinced him to leave.

The two apparently met while working at Oxford Dairy Mart.

Powers was the manager of the convenience store until several weeks ago, officials said, adding that he allegedly stole about $7,000 from the business.

Moore's mother, Laura Moorehas said Powers seemed like a nice man. She said her daughter befriended the Mississippi native, who had no relatives in the area, and that he would at times attend Moore family functions.

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