Brothers returning to Harford after being found in Ariz.

September 28, 1998|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

Two Bel Air boys are coming home after their father was arrested and charged in their kidnapping, Maryland State Police said yesterday.

John Dressel, 13, and his brother, Paul, 11, were found unharmed, sleeping at a campsite near Flagstaff, Ariz., said Trooper Kevin Wood of the Bel Air barracks.

Their father, Scott Dressel, who divorced the boys' mother in 1994, was arrested about 5 miles away by Flagstaff police on the federal warrant of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and was charged with two counts of abduction.

"The boys seemed confused," said their mother, Patricia Celozzi, who was on her way to Arizona to bring them home. "They sounded tired."

Celozzi said they will return home tomorrow, and she hopes to have them back in school soon. She also said she'd like to have a party to welcome them home.

The boys were supposed to have gone on a two-week visit in July with their father, but John and Paul did not return home to Celozzi, who had primary custody. Celozzi, who has been given full custody of the boys, said she contacted police when John and Paul did not come home.

Wood said the state police investigation revealed Dressel had been planning to relocate to Arizona.

Celozzi added that Dressel's White Hall apartment had been abandoned.

Pub Date: 9/28/98

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