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Old 05-14-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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Woman Kidnapped As Toddler in '76 Found

Sun May 14, 1:23 PM ET

PONTIAC, Mich. - A woman whose father was charged with kidnapping her as a child 30 years ago has been found living in Arizona, her mother and sheriff's officials said.

On Mother's Day weekend in 1976, Laura Gooder's estranged husband, Eric Douglas Nielsen, picked up 21-month-old Genevieve Rachel Nielsen for an overnight visit. They never returned.

This Mother's Day weekend, a police officer arrived Saturday at Gooder's home in Frederic, Mich., with news that her daughter — now 31 — had been found, The Detroit News reported.

Gooder's daughter had been raised under another name and grew up believing her mother had been killed in an auto accident. Law enforcement officials declined to release her other name.

"It is pretty surreal," Gooder, 53, said. "I am keeping my fingers crossed and waiting for her to call."

On Sunday, Gooder told The Associated Press that she didn't want to speak about the case until she hears from her daughter.

Eric Nielsen was incarcerated in Arizona under a different identity on an unrelated charge, authorities said. A tip led investigators to visit an Arizona prison Thursday, said Michael Bouchard, sheriff in Michigan's Oakland County.

Gooder's daughter, who now has a child of her own, was traumatized by the revelations, Bouchard said.

"She obviously was told something completely different from the father," Bouchard said. "She is devastated."

After her daughter's disappearance, Gooder remarried and had three sons.

Last year, U.S. marshals joined the search for Gooder's daughter, and a judge charged Eric Nielsen with kidnapping. He had been wanted on a state kidnapping warrant since 1976.



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Why people would do such a thing to their child is beyond me. The baggage the poor woman now has....
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well ya never know... the mother could have been a complete wackadoo who happened to win custody and the father did what he had to do... or the father is the wackadoo... without the background to the story ya really never know. it is a bizarre story though
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We don't know the full story but unfortunately parents often use their kids as pawns and weapons against spouses with no regard for how it will affect the child. In marriages and in divorces. I hope this mother and daughter can work out some sort of relationship.
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if i had a penny for every time i've had to watch a kid walk down and get on a bus to make sure that a parent who didn't have custody didn't come and try to take him/her home with them while working camp in the summer... well... i'd have a lot of pennies.

tis a shame.
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if i had a penny for every time i've had to watch a kid walk down and get on a bus to make sure that a parent who didn't have custody didn't come and try to take him/her home with them while working camp in the summer... well... i'd have a lot of pennies.

tis a shame.

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well ya never know... the mother could have been a complete wackadoo who happened to win custody and the father did what he had to do... or the father is the wackadoo... without the background to the story ya really never know. it is a bizarre story though
very good point


I know someone who took his two young daughters
because his wife got them
and she lived in a van down by the river. no joke

15-20 years later he lost a very large lawsuit to the ex-wife, yes he had big money
well, he paid it and his adult daughters are married now and do not resent what he did
and do not have much of a relationship with their birth mother

he did tell me that if you have never had this happen to you
you would never understand
and if did
you would understand, completely
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very good point


I know someone who took his two young daughters
because his wife got them
and she lived in a van down by the river. no joke

thats insane.
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