Older family abductions

Most family abduction cases profiled on the Charley Project tend to be of children who are aren’t yet of school age. The case I’ll be adding today, a sister and brother aged one and two respectively, is pretty typical. If the children are of school age they tend to be in the lower elementary grades. I suppose it’s easier to hide a younger child than an older one. Anyway, I thought I’d make a list of older family abduction cases, where the children were ten or over when they were taken.

Wendy Agapito, 14, and Berania Teresa Agapito, 11
Gisselle Sabel Anderson, 10
Maria Avalos Angeles, 11, and Lizbet Avalos Angeles, 10
Anilu Jimenez Bibiano, 16, and Ana Karen Jimenez Bibiano, 15
Angie Campos, 10
Natasha Alexandra Augusta Carter, 10
Samantha De La Torre, 11
Lachlan Yukihiro Kishida Duffley, 12
Tariq Ahmed Elsafi, 12
Joseph Zachary Ernst, 10
Samuel Flores-Ayala, 11
Stephanie Guerrero, 13, Antonia Guerrero, 12, and Sandra Lopez, 11
Ivan Karapandzic, 10
Omar Qutaiba Mahmoud, 12
Christopher Thomas Alaric Mauriello, 14
Jonnathan Nassar, 12
Nicolas Marcel Santin, 12
Sofia Vizcaino Maldonado, 10
Sheimy A. Zuniga, 10

Notice that almost all of these older kids are part of sibling groups that include younger children. I had started putting their siblings on too but got tired of it and stopped. Only Natasha Carter, Lachlan Duffley, Ivan Karapandzic, Christopher Mauriello and Nicolas Santin didn’t get abducted along with siblings under ten.

I also know I have a few teen runaways where it says the runaway may be with their non-custodial parent. I don’t understand what’s the difference between a runaway who’s with their non-custodial parent and a teenage victim of a family abduction. Seems like six of one and half-dozen of the other.

8 thoughts on “Older family abductions

  1. Princess Shantae March 30, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Here’s a difference: in a family abduction the pnon custodial parent is probably lying to the child about the custodial parent. In a runaway case, the child might be lying to the noncustodial parent.

  2. Audrey March 30, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    Ivan Karapandzic has been removed from NCMEC. His NamUs profile also says that he has been found.

  3. whereaboutsstillunknown March 30, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    I think in the case of a runaway, the child leaves voluntarily and goes to the non-custodial parent as opposed to a friend’s house or other relative. In the case of a family abduction, I think the act is initiated by the non-custodial parent, likely against the child’s will, thus, an abduction.

    • Meaghan March 31, 2013 / 3:25 pm

      I would tend to think, though, that if a teenager is with their non-custodial parent (unless they’re in a country where they can’t get out), it’s probably because they want to be there. Or at least are ambiguous about it. Tavia Bentley comes to mind: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bentley_tavia.html

  4. Elin March 31, 2013 / 10:14 am

    It would be easy to fool a young child that this the way they have always lived and not have to risk the child wanting to move or go to the police if they are dissatisfied. Take my friend who was adopted at age 3. She has almost no memories from her previous home despite being quite old when she was adopted. She has little snippets of memories but if she didn’t know that these might be from her previous home she would probably think nothing of it. My friend’s family has never hidden the fact that she is adopted by the way.

    • Meaghan March 31, 2013 / 3:21 pm

      My own first memories date back to when I was two. I know cause my brother Brian is in them and he died when I was two and a half. But these are all very vague memories and it would be easy to think I imagined them or whatever.

      • Elin April 1, 2013 / 3:29 pm

        I have memories from very early on too, the first ones from just after I turned two. This is very rare though and when we talked about memories at work many of my colleagues didn’t remember anything from before they were four or five. I have vivid memories from 3-3½.

        For example, a relative of mine had a miscarriage when I was about 3½. She visited us and my mother said that I should be nice and not make a lot of noise because she was ill. I was very confused by this and wondered why my mum didn’t see she was sad and not ill. I later eavesdropped on my mother talking to an aunt on the phone saying that this relative had a miscarriage which I didn’t know what it was but I understood that I would need to remember that word to find out. It took me about a year or two to manage to know what it was as well. I told this story to the relative as an adult and she confirmed that she had a miscarriage at the time and that she had visited us and she was indeed very sad about it as she had at that time not believed she would ever be a parent at all but that later turned out to be untrue (she is a mother of 4 now). I even remembered her clothing that day. She didn’t remember if she wore the clothes I said but she said that she did in fact wear the outfit I described about that time in her life and that she stopped wearing it pretty soon after that so it is not likely that I constructed this part and there are not pictures of her wearing that outfit that either her or I know of.

        Anyway, clear memories like these are rare and most of the time it would be easy to convince a young child that the memories they do have are from a movie or that she has a vidid imagination or something like that.

  5. forthelost March 31, 2013 / 10:33 pm

    I wonder sometimes if Nicolas Santin and his grandfather didn’t just run afoul of some unsavory folks in Guatemala.

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