An A.M. Costa Rica reprint
Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, Vol. 2, No. 27

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Chere Lyn Tomayko

Alexandria Cyprian

Texas nurse most visible
child abduction suspect

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

U.S. officials still are looking for a nurse who fled Texas in May 1997 with her 8-year-old child. Authorities still say that she may be hiding out in Costa Rica.

The woman is Chere Lyn Tomayko, now 39, and the daughter is Alexandria Camille Cyprian, who would now be 11.

The case is the most visible of child abductions that have been a news topic lately. U.S. embassy officials confirmed Tuesday that an undisclosed  number of such cases are still considered unresolved.

The Tomayko case is at the top of the list because there is a U.S. warrant on one count of international parental kidnapping. She and her former boyfriend had joint custody of the child but she fled without his consent and took the child out of the jurisdiction of the Tarrant County District Court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. She also took another daughter who is not involved in the custody issue, said the department.

Ms. Tomayko is just 5-foot, 2-inches tall and weighed 90 pounds at the time of the abduction, said the Justice Department. The girl was just 4-feet tall and 55 pounds, they said. At the time the woman fled, authorities said they had information that she may be headed to Costa Rica.

The case is similar to that of Ralph Stumbo who is seeking the return of his son Marco, 3 1/2, who was taken contrary to a court order from Naples, Fla., by his now-ex wife. However, no indictment has been handed up nor any warrant issued in the Stumbo case. Stumbo’s wife is Costa Rican.