Marissa Joy Kvistad Skelton

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After Abduction 1 After Abduction 2
Top Row: Marissa, circa 2006;
Bottom Row: Marissa, sometime after her abduction


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 9, 2006 from Edgewater, Florida
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: March 4, 2005
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'6, 22 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Marissa child may have a small gap between her top front teeth.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Marissa disappeared from Edgewater, Florida on March 9, 2006. She was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Karin Lynne Kvistad. A photograph and vital statistics for Karin are posted below this case summary. Karin and Marissa's father, Robert Skelton, were engaged to be married, but they ended their relationship after Marissa's birth. Robert moved out of their home, but he continued to visit the child. In March 2006, Karin took Marissa and her son by a previous relationship to Arizona for a vacation. They never returned. Karin maintained email contact with Robert and he found out they'd traveled to Texas, South Carolina and Arizona. He asked if he could see Marissa, but Karin refused to allow it.

    In April, Robert hired an attorney and filed for custody. Karin missed several family court hearings and the court decided she was intentionally keeping Marissa from her father without just cause. In June, the court ordered that Karin and Marissa's passports be frozen, as there was concern that Karin would try to flee the country with her daughter. It was too late, however; weeks before the passport freeze was ordered, Karin and Marissa flew to Paris, France.

    In December 2006, a state warrant for interference with custody was issued for Karin's arrest. On March 19, 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warrant for international parental kidnapping. Karin and Marissa's whereabouts are unknown, but they are believed to be somewhere in Europe, possibly in Geneva, Switzerland or in Spain. Karin has relatives in both countries, and she speaks fluent French. She may frequent upscale nightclubs and utilize online dating services. Marissa's father is actively searching for her. Her case remains unsolved.


    Karin Lynne Kvistad
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    Above Images: Karin Lynne Kvistad

    Date of Birth: July 8, 1969
    Age: 36 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'3, 130 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Karin has a scar on her nose. She may use the alias last name Nooney.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Edgewater Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    America's Most Wanted


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 28, 2009; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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