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FBI now involved in kidnapping investigation

Timothy Caskey

DULUTH, Minn. - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now involved in the kidnapping of an Iron Range woman.

Roberta Caskey was abducted by her estranged husband, Timothy Caskey, on July 14 in Virginia while she was walking with her son and a friend, who both were assaulted by him, according to the FBI.

A couple matching the description of the Caskeys took a test drive of a truck from a dealership in New Braunfels, Texas, on July 16. The driver's license left was Tim Caskey's. The couple left a 1991 GMC truck and never returned the 1998 white Chevrolet pickup they were test-driving. A knife was found under the seat of the GMC truck.

Roberta Caskey has a restraining order out on her husband, and the couple has a long history of domestic abuse. He was released the day before the abduction after serving a sentence for a violation of the restraining order.

Charges against Tim Caskey include those for federal and state kidnapping, a state charge of false imprisonment, a parole violation warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and a vehicle theft warrant from the New Braunfels Police Department.

The FBI is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Tim Caskey. He is known to frequent campgrounds and rural back roads, and the couple may be heading to Mexico, according to the FBI. Tim Caskey is considered armed and dangerous.

Call the FBI's Minneapolis office at (612) 376-3200 with information about the pair's whereabouts.