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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 16, 2004


 
 
High Tech Sleuthing Results in Recovery of Deptford Man
and Missing Teen in Mexico

Deptford, N.J. - The Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Jersey State Police, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, and the Deptford Police Department, working with Mexican law enforcement authorities have located and taken custody of 14-year-old Jessica Naylor and Daniel A. Elliott, age 43. The pair were located yesterday inside a restaurant in Progeso, Mexico, near a house on the Pacific Ocean that Elliott had rented for both of them.

Troopers from the State Police's High Tech Crimes Unit forensically examined Elliott's personal computer after a request for assistance from the Deptford Township Police following the pair's disappearance on the evening of August 29. Elliott was an executive in a national computer firm until his disappearance with Naylor. High Tech detectives sifted through computer evidence in which Elliott left erroneous trails possibly attempting to mislead police into believing they had gone to Canada.

Detectives were able to find indications that Elliott was planning to fly from Baltimore Washington International Airport to San Diego. On September 8th, Maryland Transportation Police located Elliott's Acura MDX in long-term parking and a subsequent search revealed only a mobile phone and a Palm-type handheld unit.

State Police detectives advised the FBI of the situation and they worked with Mexican authorities to attempt to locate the pair. Flight records later showed that Elliott and Naylor took an August 29th flight to San Diego and then traveled by land to Tiajuana, Mexico where they boarded another flight to Mexico City on August 30th. The next day, they caught a third plane to Cancun, Mexico.

On September 1st, detectives apprised the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office of the situation and Prosecutor Sean Dalton authorized a criminal warrant against Daniel Elliott for 2nd degree Luring to Commit the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and bail was set at $100,000.

Troopers uncovered some deleted computer files that revealed a rental house in Progeso, Mexico into which Elliott had been inquiring. Armed with this information, FBI agents, working with Mexican Authorities, located the pair in the town of Progeso on Sunday, September 12th.

On Wednesday, September 15th, Daniel Elliott and Jessica Naylor were taken into custody from a restaurant near the rented beach house by Mexican authorities. They were deported and turned over to the FBI and Gloucester County Fugitive Unit to maintain custody into the United States. They are expected to arrive in the area later tonight.

Elliott will be scheduled for arraignment in Gloucester County Superior Court.

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