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ARRESTS OF 2 ON KIDNAP CHARGES FAIL TO PRODUCE EXXON OFFICIAL

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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 71/2-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.

Reso has been missing since April 29 after he walked out the door of his $680,000 home.