Date: October 07, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Timothy Allums, Wanted For Federal and Polk County Warrants, Found In Las Vegas

Eugene “Timothy” Allums, DOB 8/22/58, was last seen in Polk County a little over a year ago, on August 24, 2001, when he said he was taking his son and his girlfriend’s daughter camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness for the weekend, but did not show up the following Sunday.  Pamela Yeiser was living with Allums last August at 36 Bennett Street in Lake Hamilton, with their then-11-year-old son Jamie Allums and Yeiser’s 14-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Jessica Nuelle.  Yeiser reported Allums and the children missing on Monday, August 27th, and Polk County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been looking for Allums and the 2 youths ever since.

Investigators finally got a break in the case on Friday, October 4, 2002, when the vehicle registered to Allums was towed for having an expired tag.  Investigators knew the vehicle was registered on August 24, 2001, the same day Allums left, and that the registration had not been renewed this year.

The manager of the apartment complex where Allums lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, called Quality Towing that Friday to have a 1989 Ford Escort towed from the apartment complex parking lot, as it had been sitting there virtually abandoned with an expired Florida tag.  The wrecker service ran the VIN and tag and came up with a “hit”,  quickly finding out that the vehicle’s registered owner was wanted by the FBI for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution,
and by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 2 counts of Interference with Parental Custody.  They immediately notified
the FBI of their findings, who responded to the apartment complex at 2639 Wyndotte Street, Apt. 1, and arrested Allums that evening.

FBI agents, including Polk County agent Fred Harden, are currently questioning the victims, witnesses, and suspect in Las Vegas, and further charges may be forthcoming.  Allums is being held in the Clark County Jail awaiting extradition to Polk County.  The children are expected to be reunited with their mother in Haines City sometime this week.

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