Fugitive arrested in N.C.

July 14, 1997

The FBI and authorities in North Carolina on Sunday located a West Virginia man who allegedly fled with his two young children in March, according to West Virginia State Police.

Bobby Gene King Jr. was being held Monday in Charlotte pending extradition to Berkeley County, W.Va., police said. He is charged with felony concealment of a minor, police said.

The children, two daughters, were being kept by North Carolina Health and Human Services officials until the mother, Julia McGhee arrives, police said.

U.S. Customs agents in Charlotte contacted West Virginia State Police on Sunday to confirm King was still wanted, authorities said. He was taken into custody at about 6 p.m., police said.


Trooper Robert Elswick said King was returning from Cancun, Mexico with his children.

"How he ended up in Mexico, I don't know," he said.

The saga began shortly after McGhee was granted custody of the children, when King allegedly took the girls to Georgia on March 5, police said.

Georgia State Police checked King's relatives homes, but could not find them, police said.

McGhee did not hear from King until July 9, when he called her, police said. According to police, he attempted to arrange a meeting outside of West Virginia for her to see the children. He also expressed an interest in renewing their relationship, police said.

King called McGhee every day over the next four days, police said.

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