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1995: Man describes fleeing with boy, hiding in Kansas

Editor's note: Story originally published in The Wichita Eagle on Feb. 15, 1995

A man accused of fleeing New York with his wife and her grandson during a custody dispute said Tuesday that it was easy for them to create new identities and live in Kansas the past three years.

Frank Zibura, 51, and Margaret Zibura, 46, waived extradition Monday to New York on 1992 federal charges of illegal flight to avoid prosecution. They will be returned there this week, the FBI said.

The Ziburas are accused of taking Adam Croote, then 3, to Kansas after a judge gave custody to his paternal grandmother, Linda Koerner.

Adam, now 6, has been at the center of a bitter custody battle between Koerner and the Ziburas since his father went to prison for killing his mother in June 1990.

Koerner was named Adam's legal guardian in March 1992, just before the Ziburas left Owls' Head, N.Y., with the boy.

Zibura said they settled in Mildred, about 75 miles south of Topeka, after finding a house there they could afford for $9,500 in a real estate catalog. Koerner flew to Kansas on Monday to retrieve the boy, who stayed with a minister after the arrests.