Elizabeth Ann Stratton – Wanted by the FBI

The woman below is wanted for parental kidnapping of her two children in 1997. Her possible alias include: Elizabeth Ann Gould, Elizabeth Ann Mahon, Elizabeth Ann Pugh, Elizabeth Ann Smith, Beth Ann Smith, “Betty”, “Beth”. If you have seen her, please contact your local FBI Office.

Unlawful Flight To Avoid Prosecution – Parental Kidnapping


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Age progressed to age 49
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Elizabeth Ann Gould, Elizabeth Ann Mahon, Elizabeth Ann Pugh, Elizabeth Ann Smith, Beth Ann Smith, “Betty”, “Beth”


Date(s) of Birth Used:

November 3, 1958

Place of Birth:

Inglewood, California




140 pounds


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Stratton was a heavy smoker at the time of her disappearance. She may wear glasses. Stratton may have dyed her hair red or bleached it blonder. Stratton was issued a United States passport in August of 1997. She should be considered a flight risk.


On December 16, 1997, Elizabeth Ann Stratton fled her Antioch, California, home with her two non-custodial children. On December 19, 1997, a letter written by Stratton arrived at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office stating that she had taken the children, left California, and did not want anyone to find her or the children. Stratton was in the middle of a child custody dispute with her ex-husband at the time.

Her vehicle was later found parked at the Sacramento International Airport in Sacramento, California. It is believed that Stratton may have made contact with a group in Atlanta, Georgia, which assists women and children who claim to need protection from abusive husbands and parents.

A local complaint and arrest warrant for Stratton were issued by the Municipal Court in December of 1997 and she was charged with parental kidnapping. A federal warrant for Stratton for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was obtained in the Northern District of California on January 12, 1998.

Stratton’s two children were both safely located in 2010. She remains a fugitive.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Field Office: San Francisco


4 Responses to Elizabeth Ann Stratton – Wanted by the FBI

  1. vbm says:

    I believe that mrs. stratton probably had a good reason for doing what she did. If that is so, I hope that the fbi never finds her….I know i left and had to protect my son who is now 30 yrs. old. He wasn’t safe and the law enforcement did not care to protect him. He now has schizophrenia….Our case has never been solved –even though it involved about 20 plus other children. also, my son named a person who he says that he saw get murdered.

  2. Elizabeth Ann Race says:

    Hello my Name is Elizabeth Ann (Laton) Race. I’m having difficulties with this whole situation I’ve been researching for over three years now. Everyone I know is lying and keeping secrets from me and on top of it all. Someone is selling information about everything I have been doing to over six websites. I think I Know the lady named (Stratton) as Kim lives in Lawton Oklahoma . I currently am not employed but think I should be getting paid for things I do see. Lori Ruff or Sue Turner also in Oklahoma looks like a younger version of my Mother In-law the person that makes my life a living hell (AKA )Paula J. Huggins

  3. Elizabeth Ann Race says:

    Look into Kim Skiffington Oklahoma

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