Cult leader linked to missing boy appears in court

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Suspected cult leader Peter Moses, who police believe is linked to the disappearance of a woman and a 5-year-old boy, appeared in court Tuesday on unrelated charges.

North Carolina TV station WTVD, ABC11 reports:

Moses, 27, faces numerous charges including one count of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by pointing a gun, one count of assault on a female, one count of communicating threats and failure to appear in court on earlier charges.

During his court appearance Tuesday, a judge raised Moses’ bond from $50,000 to $75,000, saying the charges against him are very serious. […]

According to search warrants obtained by ABC11, Moses – who is believed to be the leader of the “Black Hebrew Israelitescult – is possibly a suspect in the death of 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan, who was last seen in October 2010. A second missing person, 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy, is also believed to be dead.

A police informant claims Moses killed Higganbothan and then ordered Higganbothan’s mother, 25-year-old Vania Sisk, to kill McKoy. No bodies have been found. […]

A Durham search warrant made public last month says blood, a spent bullet, and shell casings were found at the home in a previous search. The warrant also states there were signs of “overt cleaning in the areas of the residence where these crimes were stated to have occurred.”

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This post was last updated: May. 10, 2011