VIRGINA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---A concerted effort among local, state and federal agencies has led to the arrest of Timothy Caskey, a 44-year old man who allegedly abducted his estranged wife nearly one month ago.
Family and friends have been told Roberta is fine and will soon be home.
Authorities say it was phone contact to family and friends by Roberta and Timothy Caskey that led to the arrest of Timothy in Matamoros, Mexico.
"We were able to gain an idea of where they were located and through the various information which led to their, to Timothy's arrest in Mexico," Detective Tim Koivunen of the Virginia Police Department said.
Bobby Mott, a friend of Roberta's who was reportedly walking with Roberta and three children when the abduction occurred, says hearing that Roberta is safe and Timothy is under arrest has brought her peace of mind.
"I was just thrilled with joy that they finally found her, you know, and she can get back to her boys you know, where she should be," Mott said.
Roberta's aunt and uncle own an automotive repair shop in Virginia.
Roberta's aunt, who has been taking care of Roberta's two children, says she's had the chance to talk to Roberta on the phone.
She reports Roberta seems emotionally shaken but is doing well given the situation she's been put in.
Authorities say because the Caskeys traveled across state lines and the Mexican border it may take some time to work out jurisdiction issues before Caskey can be prosecuted in Minnesota.
"Across Virginia's lines, across Minnesota's lines, state lines to Kansas to Texas into Mexico and various crimes along the way have been reported," Koivunen said. "So, it's going to take a while to sift through before we can figure out who's going to prosecute what."
The U.S. attorney's office has first dibs on the case once Caskey is back in the United States.
Meanwhile Caskey is in custody in Mexico and is expected to arrive in the United States within the next few days.
Family members say authorities have told them that Roberta will arrive in Duluth around 8 or 9 this evening but they don't know when she will be home in Virginia.
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