Fifteen years ago, Michelle Kimble took her two daughters and fled New Jersey amid a custody dispute with her estranged husband, likely with the assistance of a group that helps battered women. The Newark Star-Ledger says the story of her life on the run reads like something out of a spy novel. Kimble took on an assumed identity, twice changed her name and lived in three states, the past 13 years in Vermont, authorities said. The lies caught up to Michelle Kimble, aka Amy Huff, aka Emily Pels, on April Fool’s Day.
A police detective used provisions of amended child-custody laws to find Kimble. On April 1, police arrived at sunrise at her rented home in a one-traffic-light southwestern Vermont town and arrested her as a fugitive, wanted on a 1993 grand jury indictment for interfering with custody. Kimble, 41, an advocate for domestic violence victims in Vermont for nine years, was released on $150,000 bail April 16. She faces up to five years in prison in convicted, but her biggest legal ally could be the husband she left. Daniel Kimble does not want her behind bars, saying it would only punish his daughters.