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Arrest of Two on Kidnapping Charges Fails to Bring Return of Exxon Exec

June 20, 1992

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The arrest of a former policeman and his wife on charges they kidnapped an Exxon executive failed to lead to the missing man’s whereabouts Saturday.

The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office said they are still searching for Sidney J. Reso, 57, president of Exxon Co.’s Florham Park-based international division.

″I don’t expect anything new to happen until Monday,″ said Dick Lavinthal, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff.

Arthur D. Seale and his wife, Irene Jacqueline Seale, both 45, of Lebanon Township will appear at a bail hearing Monday before U.S. Magistrate Donald Haneke. They were arrested Friday on charges of kidnapping and extortion.

The FBI said the arrests placed the 7 1/2 -week investigation ″at an extremely sensitive point″ but authorities would not elaborate Saturday.

They said they do not know whether others were involved.

The Seales were arrested in Hackettstown after a four-hour series of telephone calls along with ransom notes that led investigators to towns throughout the hills of western New Jersey. Ransom notes demanded Exxon pay millions of dollars.

Reso has been missing since April 29 after he walked out the door of his $680,000 home in Morris Township for his 10-minute drive to work. His car was found idling at the end of the 200-foot driveway.

Reso’s wife, Patricia, made an appeal Tuesday that her husband return to spend Father’s Day on Sunday with their four adult children.

A man who answered the telephone at the house Saturday said the family would have no comment.

Authorities said one of Seale’s previous jobs was as an Exxon security guard. Hillside Mayor James Welsh, who was police commissioner in the 1970s, said Seale was a patrolman for several years before receiving a disability pension.

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