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Jesse was last seen in South River, New Jersey on January 20, 1998. He has never been heard from again. He may be with his non-custodial mother, Christina Mitchell. A photo and vital statistics for Mitchell are posted below. A felony warrant was issued for her on January 21, 2000.
Jesse's father, Ronnie Kaslov, is of Romany ethnicity (also known as Gypsy) and obtained a divorce from Mitchell under Romany law. While they were fighting over custody of Jesse, Ronnie was allowed supervised visits for two hours a week. Mitchell and her parents fled with Jesse before the custody issue could be resolved.
Ronnie has accused police of not properly investigating Jesse's abduction because the family are Romany. Authorities stated that they have tried to find Jesse, but the Romany lifestyle made the search difficult. American Romany are an insular group who typically withdraw their children from school after the eighth grade and do not have birth certificates or bank accounts, and they are not counted in most censuses. Ronnie and Christina married in a Romany ceremony, but they were never legally married under American civil law, and authorities have questioned Jesse's paternity.
Investigators stated they questioned Mitchell's family members and all of them claimed they had not heard from her or Jesse. Jesse and Mitchell are probably using alias names. They may be in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. The child's case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd.
Date of Birth: June 19, 1971
Age at disappearance: 26 years old
Weight and Height: 5'7, 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Mitchell may walk with a slight limp and she may dye her hair another color. She may use the aliases Tammy White and/or Christina Ryan.
Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office