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Search continues for check forgers

Relatives concerned for 11-year-old boy

December 19, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Christina Gagnon and Ray Ojala Jr. are still on the run after passing bad checks around the Houghton County area.

Believed to be with them is Gagnon's son, 11-year-old Billy Gagnon, of whom she does not have custody. Billy has not been in school since before Thanksgiving.

Sgt. Jason Wickstrom of the Michigan State Police Calumet Post said he doesn't believe Gagnon and Ojala are dangerous, but needs to find them to return Billy to his father, who has legal custody.

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Christina Gagnon

"Our biggest concern is to get him and get him back into school," Wickstrom said.

The prosecutor's office is reviewing potential charges of kidnapping, Wickstrom said. Christina Gagnon is a wanted felon on charges of uttering and publishing, and check forgery.

Wickstrom also believes they are somewhere within one or two hours of Houghton.

"We believe they're not too far from the area," he said.

Wickstrom said he doesn't believe the child's health is danger.

"But with that said, I have no idea where they're living or sleeping," he said.

Crystal Lee Aho, Ojala's sister, said she's been doing whatever she can to get the word out so Billy can be brought home.

"Somebody has to be hiding them," Aho said. "This little boy hasn't been in school since before Thanksgiving and they're still out there writing fraudulent checks."

Aho said Ojala was never one to be associated with criminal activity until he met Gagnon.

"He's gone from living with my parents to one of Houghton County's most wanted," Aho said.

Anyone with information regarding Gagnon and Ojala are encouraged to contact the Michigan State Police at 337-2211 or 911.



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