March 21, 2001 – Catrena Renee Jones abducted her 7-year-old biological daughter from Mount Calvary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. Around 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, West Palm Beach police responded to a call from the church of a possible abduction. According to the police report, officers arrived to find Williams and Florie McFarlane, Williams’ grandmother, who had taken Ricarra to church Sunday morning.
McFarlane said Ricarra had been speaking to a woman who identified herself to church employees as her “auntie,” according to the report.
By the time the church services began, Jones managed to escape with Ricarra, triggering a police search notification of the Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse. A missing child alert was issued for Ricarra, Carol Frederick, spokeswoman for the clearinghouse and Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Monday.
The girl was found around 8 p.m. unharmed in Lake Park with Jones, according to the police report. Jones was being held late Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Est Palm Beach County Jail.