boys abducted in Rochester 25 years ago

ROCHESTER— The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is asking for the public’s help in locating Charles Jason (C.J.) and William Vosseler, the two young boys abducted from Rochester nearly 25 years ago by their father, Charles Martin Vosseler.

The story of the abduction and the resulting investigation was featured on Sept. 25 in Foster’s Sunday Citizen, after Monty Curtis, a private investigator still working on the case, and other investigators shared information with Foster’s on its current status.

The boys were kidnapped on Oct. 9, 1986, when Charles Martin Vosseler told his wife, Ruth Parker, from whom he was then separated, that he was taking their sons to visit family and that he would return the boys to her on Monday.

Vosseler never did return, however, and it was later discovered he had likely been planning the abduction for some time.

Before leaving with his sons, Vosseler had closed down his realty business in the Lilac City, sold his race horse, and taken all of the family’s possessions, including pictures and any other items that could have helped locate him and the boys, according to Parker.

By 1987, the FBI had issued a warrant for his arrest, alleging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and parental kidnapping.

While numerous investigators, including local police, the FBI, private investigators, and missing children agencies, have been working on the case since the disappearance, law enforcement has never had contact with Vosseler.

There have been numerous sightings of the man over the years, including one in Oklahoma in 1989 from a woman claiming to be Vosseler’s girlfriend, according to Curtis. By the time FBI arrived at his reported home nine days after the tip came in, however, the house was burned to the ground and no residents were found, Curtis said.Since then, investigators have continued to work to find Vosseler and his two sons, whom Curtis said likely do not know who they really are.

According to the FBI’s Supervisory Special Agent for New Hampshire Kieran Ramsey, the agency is also still actively investigating the case.

Agents have been pursuing new leads in the abduction as recently as this year, Ramsey said. And while he could not give many details on the investigation, he said recent leads have come out of the western and southeastern U.S.

Ramsey said the agency, like others involved, is focusing much of its time getting information about the crime and those involved out to the public, and said that solving abduction cases this old is not unheard of.

Now, NCMEC is doing the same thing, and urging anyone with information concerning the disappearance or current whereabouts of C.J. and William to call the organization at 1-800-THE-LOST. Calls are kept confidential and may be made anonymously.

C.J., 3 years old at the time of his abduction, is described as having blond hair and blue eyes and William, 2 years old at the time of his abduction, is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. Charles Martin Vosseler is now 69 years old and was 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 220 pounds when last seen.

According to the FBI, Vosseler has ties to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Florida, Oklahoma, and New Jersey.

For more information, visit or Curtis’ site,

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