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Sheriff's deputies still searching for kidnap victim

By Gary Popp
Published in News on February 23, 2012 1:46 PM

A 48-year-old Goldsboro man remains missing after he was kidnapped Jan. 29 in eastern Wayne County.

Sheriff's Office detectives are continuing to investigate the abduction of Geniro Jamis, who was allegedly forced out of his car by seven masked gunmen.

The kidnappers also took Jamis' son, Israil, 24, but released him the next day. Jamis' wife and three daughters were in the minivan when the vehicle was forced over about 10:30 p.m. after leaving a Sunday night party.

Maj. Tom Effler said the investigation is not at a standstill, but that much of the information surrounding the case is too sensitive to be made public, he said.

"We have received new info that we are not prepared to release," Effler said.

Jamis' vehicle came to a stop on Leonard Drive, within about 100 feet of the Jamis home on D&W Circle.

Effler said it appears the suspects' vehicle was waiting for Jamis to return to the home.

Deputies say the suspects were armed with pistols and long rifles when Jamis and Aguirre were taken out of the minivan.

Effler said Aguirre has been cooperative with the investigation, but he is unable to pinpoint where he was released because he was blindfolded and bound when he was let go. He was picked up by a passing motorist.

Several pieces of misinformation led detectives down the wrong path early in the investigation. Effler said witnesses provided an inaccurate vehicle description and the descriptions of the races of the suspects have also been inconsistent.

The Sheriff's Office has been in communication with several other area law enforcement agencies during the investigation.

While he declined to divulge any specifics, Effler said information shared between the agencies has helped further the investigation.