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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A former East Texas man now living in Canton, Ohio, has been met with more obstacles in trying to reunite with his two daughters kidnapped twice on as many continents.

On Oct. 8, Chesapeake Energy eliminated 1,200 workers nationwide, including Royce Sigler, a Longview native and graduate of Spring Hill High School. His family is surviving on his Severance pay and his wife's creative arts business until he finds another job. But his push to reunite with 9-year-old Tanya and 7-year-old Ksenya -- kidnapped after a 2008 court battle in which Royce was awarded custody -- is on hold.

"The cost of the court was starting to get beyond what we could afford, and we still were not assured of any benefits from it," Sigler said.

The girls were kidnapped by their mother in 2008, but she died May 18 in Sochi, Russia. Sigler went to Russia in July to reunite with the girls, but despite help from Russian police and social workers, the grandmother took the girls into hiding, Sigler said.

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