On Monday, Newport area law enforcement received information that a child abducted from Orange County in southern California was possibly in the Lincoln County area. Kaia Fina, 11, was reported to be with her estranged biological mother Sera Fina, 42. There was a felony warrant issued for Sera Fina’s arrest for child abduction.
The daughter went missing on September 6th from San Clemente, a town between Los Angeles and San Diego. Her foster parent discovered Kaia missing, and figured that her mother had picked her up.
Authorities called Lincoln County authorities to be on the lookout for the two, believing they were headed that way. At approximately 7:40 PM Monday evening, an Oregon State Trooper came across a Lincoln Navigator parked on the shoulder of 101 near Beverly Beach State Park. The Trooper, having been briefed on the story of the missing girl, quickly identified both Kaia and Sera from photos from Orange County authorities.
Sera Fina was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail based on the California warrant and fugitive complaint. She was booked into the county jail in leiu of $150,000 bail. The Department of Human Services took her daughter Kaia into protective custody.
Next step will likely be that Kaia will be re-united with her foster parents and Sera will be taken back to California to face charges related to the abduction.
As a side note, it was believed that the mother had abducted her daughter using a 2007 black BMW sedan. But the vehicle they were discovered in at Beverly Beach was a 2006 Lincoln Navigator. So the mother had switched cars. But sharp-eyed lady OSP Trooper Wertz saw through the ruse and soon had the mother in cuffs and the daughter in protective custody.