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Nancy Fiedler, Nevada Mother, Arrested 25 Years After She Abducted Her Daughter

Nevada Mother Nancy Fiedler Arrested 25 Years After She Abducted Her Daughter
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RENO, Nev. (CBS/AP) A 57-year-old Nevada woman has been arrested and accused of abducting her daughter from New Jersey twenty-five years ago.

Nancy Dunsavage Fiedler, who is in custody and awaiting extradition to New Jersey, admitted Tuesday that she is the woman named on a fugitive warrant issued in that state a quarter-century ago, says Washoe County, Nev. sheriff's office.

New Jersey prosecutors claim Fiedler, who now goes by the name Debbie Reed, did not have custody of her 6-year-old daughter, Eva Marie Fiedler, when the two disappeared during a break in a custody hearing in August 1984.

According to A. Peter DeMarco, Jr. the acting prosecutor in Somerset County, N.J., the young girl's father had full custody at the time.

"Detectives have stated that throughout the years, Fiedler was able to remain undetected by obtaining a number of identities for her and her daughter," DeMarco said.

Eva Fiedler, who is now 32, has been living with her mother at Incline Village, about 30 miles southwest of Reno, and claims that she had no recollection of that day or that her mother was a wanted woman.

The chain of events leading to the mother's arrest began Tuesday in Nevada when daughter Eva Fiedler went to the Washoe County clerk's office to get her name changed to Melissa Reed, in order to obtain a marriage license.

Police say they have located and contacted Eva Fiedler's father who is currently living in New Hampshire.