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For Immediate Release

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November 26, 2012 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
NH Child Abuse Suspects Arrested by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Orlando, FL

Concord, NH – United States Marshal David L. Cargill Jr., is very pleased to announce the arrest of Plaistow, New Hampshire fugitives Roland Dow and Jessica Linscott this evening in Orlando, Florida by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Roland Dow, 27 and Jessica Linscott, 23 both of Plaistow, New Hampshire have been on the run since arrest warrants were signed on November 13. These warrants were issued in relation to Dow and Linscott’s involvement in the alleged of abuse of Linscott’s three year old child. Dow was being sought on a warrant for First and Second Degree Assault and both Linscott and Dow have also been charged with multiple counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Early on in this investigation, the Plaistow Police Department, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest the fugitive couple. Countless hours have been spent by members of law enforcement throughout New England and beyond trying to find Dow and Linscott. Due to the vast amount of media attention this case has received, public outrage quickly ensued. This was a major force multiplier that resulted in a sometimes overwhelming number of tips. After sifting through all of these tips, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was able to develop information today that led to Dow and Linscott in Orlando, Florida.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in NH contacted our counterparts with the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force based out of Orlando, Florida which quickly mobilized. This team was able to develop information that Dow and Linscott were in a theme park in Orlando, Florida. After a period of searching, both Dow and Linscott were located as they finished watching a parade and were heading back towards attractions area. Dow and Linscott were arrested without incident.

Marshal Cargill said, “I find it very sad that these two were located in an area designed to bring joy and happiness to children. I want to thank the public for their assistance in providing the tips which led to this arrest.” Linscott and Dow were booked into the Orange County Jail, where they are both being held pending their arraignment on Fugitive from Justice charges in Florida. If they waive extradition, Dow and Linscott will be picked up by authorities from New Hampshire and returned to face these serious allegations.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 4,392 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Dow and Linscott Fugitive of the Week - http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/nh/fugitives/fow/fowposters/2012/dow_linscott.htm

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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