MARYLAND: The missing East Hanover mother who was
located with her two children and arrested Sunday
will be heading back to New Jersey after waiving
extradition in Maryland court today.
Patricia Schafer appeared before Judge Nancy Purpura
of the District Court of Maryland and waived
extradition at 1:10 p.m., Prosecutor Robert A.
"Mrs. Schafer is currently being housed at the
Baltimore County Detention Center located in Towson,
Maryland pending her return to New Jersey," Bianchi
Patricia Schafer, 38, and her children, Jessica, 3,
and John, 13, were stopped in their vehicle by
Baltimore County police as they exited the Towson
Town Center Mall and approached the Baltimore
Beltway Interloop at 6:25 p.m.
Detectives from the East Hanover Police Department
and Morris County Prosecutor's Office determined
that she was in the mall complex, prompting the call
to mall security and the Baltimore County police.
Mall security followed the vehicle until the
Baltimore County police arrived.
Patricia Schafer was charged with interfering with
the custody of the children.
Bianchi said that detectives from the Missing
Persons Unit and the prosecutor's and sheriff's
joint Fugitive Task Force will pick up Schafer in
Maryland and return her to the Morris County Jail"
as soon as she waived extradition.
She and the children were last seen at the family's
home Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. by her husband,
Despite these pending charges, every defendant is
presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt following a jury trial at
which the defendant has all of his rights guaranteed
by the U.S. and New Jersey Constitutions and
relevant state law.