Waco, TX – The United States Marshals
Service’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is pleased to announce that on April
2, 2013, an abducted child from Robertson County, TX, was found near Silver
City, New Mexico.
In August 2012, Brian Keith Moore, 29, and Madeline McCartney-Moore, 26,
abducted their biological child, 6, during a court ordered week long
visitation. When the Moore’s failed to return the child to the legal
guardians, Timothy and Tracey Moore, the guardians contacted the Robertson
County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office revealed
that the Brian and Madeline Moore had moved out of their home near Hearne,
TX; turned their livestock loose on the streets; turned off utilities and
closed bank accounts. It was suspected that the family was being assisted by
Michael McCartney, Madeline McCartney-Moore’s father and grandfather to the
The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office sought and received felony arrest
warrants for Brian Moore and Madeline McCartney-Moore for Violation of Court
Order. The Sheriff’s Office also requested the assistance from the U.S.
Marshals Service because it was believed that the Moore’s had left the
state. The Sheriff’s Office also registered the child as an abducted child
with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In February 2013, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office received information
that Michael McCartney had contacted a friend or family member by phone. The
person passed on the information to the investigator. This break allowed
investigators to focus on the western New Mexico and eastern Arizona area.
On February 1, 2013, the investigators discovered that the family had
shopped at a local grocery store in Show Low, Arizona. Video surveillance
footage showed that Michael McCartney and the abducted child were together
along with all the other family members. With that information, the
Robertson County Sheriff’s Office sought and received a felony arrest
warrant for Michael McCartney charging him with Interference with Child
On April 2, 2013, investigators received information that the Moore’s may be
staying in an area between Silver City, NM and Santa Clara, NM.
Investigators located vehicles owned and utilized by the family on Camino
Oro Road in rural Grant County, NM. After hours of surveillance, Grant
County Sheriff’s Office deputies and U.S. Marshal’s Service deputies
approached the trailer where Brian Moore was seen coming and going earlier
in the evening. When investigators made entry into the trailer,
investigators found the abducted child along with Brian Moore, Madeline
McCartney-Moore and Michael McCartney. The child was unharmed and was taken
into protective custody. Brian, Madeline and Michael were all arrested and
taken to the Grant County Jail, Silver City, NM, where they await
extradition back to Central Texas. Brian and Madeline Moore’s two other
children were turned over to Child Protective Services.
“Crimes against children will not be tolerated at any level, and we will
continue to utilize our state, local and federal partners and all of our
national resources to protect our children”, U.S. Marshal for the Western
District of Texas, Robert Almonte said.
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