Jesse Robert Kaslov

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Left: Jesse, circa 1998;
Right: Age progression to age 18 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 20, 1998 from South River, New Jersey
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: December 16, 1996
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    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 remains unsolved.


    Christina Mitchell
    Above: Christina Mitchell

    Date of Birth: June 19, 1971
    Age: 26 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'7, 120 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian 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.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    The Asbury Park Press


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 27, 2015; age-progression updated.

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