Dayton Father arrested, boy recovered in Alaska

A missing Dayton boy has been located and his father arrested after FBI agents found the two in Alaska on Friday, two weeks after the two disappeared.

Lyon County Sheriff's Detective Cherie Rye said that an anonymous tip led authorities to Christopher Moses, 34. He was arrested on a felony Lyon County warrant for concealment of a child. Bail has been set at $5,000.

Rye was uncertain in what city Moses was found, but she had confirmed with law enforcement agencies there that Moses was in custody and son, Allen Esparza Moses, was being cared for by Child Protective Services.

The boy is expected to be reunited with his mother, Nadia Esparza, of Douglas County, "ASAP," said Rye.

Nadia Esparza reported Allen missing on Sept. 9, five days after her estranged husband picked him up from his grandparents' home. The couple shared custody of the Zephyr Cove Elementary School first-grader.

Moses, a former U.S. Marine, owned Holy Moses Loans, a mortgage brokering company, which he ran out of his Dayton home.

On his Web site, Moses complains in a blog entitled "The proof she's illegal" that his ex-wife is in the country illegally and provides copies of her Mexican passport and a U.S. Social Security number in her name stamped with "Not Valid for Employment."

In an e-mail to the Nevada Appeal, sent after Moses disappeared, he claimed his ex-wife was indifferent to their son's medical needs, that she forced the boy into first grade when he wasn't ready, and that she repeatedly threatened to run away to Mexico with their son.

"I am a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps of eight years and served my country honorably, and this illegal alien has been allowed to tread on me and my son for the last time with me being silenced. My son deserves better, and so do I," Moses wrote.

He is expected to be back in Nevada by the end of the month.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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