American arrested after fleeing to Mexico with missing 2-year-old daughter and fiancée


NOGALES, SONORA.- On Monday, July 8th, Washington State authorities announced that officials located 2-year-old Seraya Aung Harmon, who had been missing from Moscow, Idaho, since May 29, at a checkpoint near Santa Ana, Mexico.

Pullman, Washington, officials allege the toddler’s 21-year-old father, Aaron Aung, failed to return Seraya to her mother’s custody on June 3. He then allegedly fled to Mexico with his daughter and his fiancée, 21-year-old Nadia Cole, who disappeared from Seattle International Airport that same day.

“Aaron Aung is currently being held in the Santa Cruz County Detention Center in Nogales, Arizona, awaiting extradition back to Whitman County on an outstanding warrant for Custodial Interference 1st Degree. Cole was subsequently deported back to the United States. Seraya has been in the care of Arizona Child Protective Services,” the Pullman Police Department said in a press release.

Officials with the Pullman PD, Idaho Police Department, FBI, National Institute of Migration, Mexican State Police, the Nogales Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection coordinated to bring the trio home.

“This has been an incredible cooperative effort. We are so thankful for all of the agencies involved and the safe outcome for everyone,” the Moscow Police Department said in a statement on Thursday, July 4th.

Cole’s parents, Kirk and Beata Cole, issued a statement saying the 21-year-old recent college gradate was “found safe and unharmed by Mexico police” on July 4, and she “voluntarily came back to her parents.”

“Since her return, Nadia has been fully cooperating with authorities to help locate and aid in the safe return of Aaron Aung and 2-year-old Seraya Aung Harmon,” Kirk and Beata said in a statement. “She is recovering from her ordeal at a secure private location. Details of the circumstances that led to her disappearance remain part of an ongoing investigation, and we trust that more information will be released as deemed appropriate by the investigating agencies.”

Nadia Cole and Aaron Aung

Nadia Erika Cole was reported missing from the airport on May 29 according to the private investigator her family hired. (Instagram)

Cole’s Instagram shows her engagement to Aung in November 2023. 

Source.- Nogales Police Deparment