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Woman wanted for kidnapping

Posted at 9:59 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 10:59:58-05

WASHINGTON PARISH, La. - Police are asking for help in locating a woman accused of kidnapping.

Last week, the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office issued a media notice of the kidnapping of four children from Washington Parish by their non-custodial parents. Since that initial media release, the children have been located and returned to the custody of their grandparents, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. The children suffered no harm during the ordeal. Additionally, the non-custodial father, Joshua Michael Abelseth was arrested on charges of simple kidnapping and booked into the Washington Parish Jail.

The non-custodial mother, Jennifer Abelseth, remains at large. According to information obtained at her last booking into the Washington Parish Jail on July 10, 2019, she is five feet five inches tall and weighs approximately 140-150 pounds. Her hair was blond at that time. Her maiden name is Jennifer Stewart. Her previously married name was Jennifer Weathers. The whereabouts of Jennifer is unknown, but there is a strong possibility she is in Alabama, probably south of the I-20 corridor, although no Alabama location has been confirmed, Haley stated in a press release. She is believed to be without a vehicle or funds.

The last known location was between Tuscaloosa and Hoover; however, the incarcerated husband indicates they had traveled to the Mobile/Dauphin Island area. Additionally, it has been reported that she may have family members residing in the Atmore, Alabama area. There was an unconfirmed sighting a few days ago in Slidell, Louisiana.

Washington Parish investigators have followed all leads, but thus far have not been able to locate her. If any person encounters Jennifer Abelseth or knows her location, they are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 839-3434.