Children Located and Safe

UPDATE – February 27, 2019

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the United States Marshal’s Office located and apprehended Jeffrey Gilseth and Maria Gilseth in Topeka, Kansas, without incident.  The children are safe.

We would like to thank everyone involved for assisting with this investigation.



Killeen Police Investigate a Kidnapping

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at approximately 5:24 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of E. Central Texas Expressway in reference to a disturbance.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told two parents kidnapped their three children during a supervised visit.  They fled the area in a gold and black SUV.

Through the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Victims Unit, were told that the children were removed from the parents’ custody and placed with Child Protective Services due to a history of family violence.  It is believed that the suspects have left the Killeen area.

The victims are identified as 11 year-old Hunter Gilseth, white male, 9 year-old Dylan Gilseth, white male, and 4 year-old Levi Gilseth, white male.

The suspects are identified as 32 year-old Jeffrey Gilseth, a white male with brown hair and green eyes, approximately 5’10” tall and 250 pounds and 32 year-old Maria Gilseth, a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, approximately 5’2” tall and 150 pounds.

The suspects’ vehicle is a gold and black Ford Explorer, with Texas license plate LDC1235.

This case has been reviewed with the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and warrants have been issued for the arrest of both parents in relation to this abduction.  KPD has been working with the United State Marshal’s Service to locate the suspects and children.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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