Adji Desir’s family still looking for him

Adji Desir, a developmentally disabled six-year-old Haitian-American boy, has been missing from his grandmother’s home in Immokalee, Florida for exactly 363 days now. He was playing outside with other children when he vanished, seemingly without a trace. No witnesses. No hard evidence of any crime. Just a little boy with the mind of a two-year-old, a little boy who could barely talk at all and couldn’t even say his own name, gone.

The Naples Daily News has just run an anniversary article about Adji’s disappearance. His mom and stepdad have had another child, a baby girl they named Adjiani after her brother. Adji’s grandmother, who was babysitting him that day while his parents worked, no longer lives in the same apartment. She’s moved in with Adji’s mother and stepfather due to health problems. Adji’s bio-dad lives in Haiti and as far as I know, he hasn’t said anything in the press; nor, I believe, is he considered a suspect in his son’s disappearance.

It’s looking more and more like Adji was kidnapped, although there were no witnesses and no suspects. If he had wandered away I think he would have been found by now. If he was abducted I suppose there’s reason to hope he’s still alive. A disabled child who cannot speak is unlikely to give his kidnapper(s) away, so they could have kept him around. I hope he’s alive, somewhere. It’s unlikely, I admit, but people like Jaycee Dugard, Shawn Hornbeck, Elizabeth Smart and Shasta Groene can testify otherwise.

2 thoughts on “Adji Desir’s family still looking for him

  1. Kevin January 8, 2010 / 8:20 pm

    The area in Florida where he disappeared from represents a few problems. The first being that it is somewhat swampland. I lived near that area and if he accidentally wandered off, alligators and other dangerous animals could have gotten him, not to mention the swamps and water. Not to be gruesome, but he isn’t a large child and a gator that is 5-10 feet could easily take him down with no trace being left. That area has been built up so much in the last 15 years that many of the animals are losing their land that was previously undisturbed, so they venture off into the streets, canals, or wherever they can find a spot. It’s not like you walk outside everyday and see a gator at your door, but it is much more common that it used to be. If he got scared and hid, this theory seems highly probable. I hope he is still alive but it is very unlikely.

  2. Donnah January 9, 2010 / 8:25 am

    I’m from S. Florida. The area he lived in was real Florida, not the city, not the suburbs. He went out at feeding time in a wilderness that has gators and panthers.

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