Select It Sunday: Sabrina Allen

For Select It Sunday, another family abduction case: Sabrina Allen, who disappeared from Austin, Texas at the age of four. With light blonde hair and blue eyes, she looks a lot like I did at that age. Chances are her hair is brown now, but the NCMEC don’t seem to be sure and did two APs for her, one with blonde hair and one with brown.

Sabrina hasn’t been missing nearly as long as the Zaharias kids have been, but she’s been gone for more than a decade, and that’s a very long time in the life of a child. Her father, Greg Allen, had custody of her and her mother, Dara Marie Llorens, just had visitation. Dara abducted her during a visit in April 2002. She picked her up on April 19 and was supposed to give her back on April 21, but she didn’t.

Dara and Sabrina were actually located at a residence in Mexico City in 2003, and the cops surrounded their house. I was running the MPCCN at the time and took down Sabrina’s case as resolved…then had to re-list her after the Mexican police lifted their surveillance and left without bothering to rescue Sabrina or make any arrests. It was absolutely infuriating for ME to read about; I can’t imagine how Sabrina’s dad felt about it all. From Greg’s website, this was the last sighting of Sabrina.

Greg hired a private investigator, Phillip Klein, to look for them. Earlier this year the P.I. said there hadn’t been any sign of Dara for about a year and he thought she was dead and Sabrina was being looked after by someone else:

Klein operates an Investigation agency out of Nederland, TX. He said it’s been almost a year since anyone has spotted or heard from Dara Llorens, Sabrina’s mother. He’s convinced she is dead.

“My belief is she is that she got wrapped up in some pretty bad people down there and she paid the ultimate price,” said Klein.

Sabrina, according to Klein, is with a family of a woman her mother befriended while on the run. Klein says the family may believe they are protecting the child based on lies told by her mother.

“I think this woman did it out of true love for the child,” said Klein.

The emotional damage that’s been done to Sabrina may be the most difficult challenge to address. Klein and Allen suspect the child has been told many negative things about her father. It’s a typical problem in Parental Child abduction cases.

Sabrina is still out there somewhere, maybe still in Mexico. She’s sixteen years old now. Her father is still looking for her, still hoping. Maybe this year will be the year she comes home.

15 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Sabrina Allen

  1. Princess Shantae August 11, 2013 / 8:37 am

    I’d like to know just why Klein believes so strongly that Dara is dead, as oposed to just hiding out like she’s been doing all this time, and why he thinks “pretty bad people” had something to do with it. Is there evidence, or is he repeating rumors he’s heard or saying something he thinks Greg Allen might like to hear? Certainly it would make Greg a little more hopeful if he could believe Dara was dead; that would be one obstacle out of the way and he could believe that the ppl taking care of Sabrina aren’t spiteful like she was, only trying to help Sabrina?

    • Meaghan August 11, 2013 / 8:45 am

      I don’t know what Greg Allen thinks about the PI’s theory. I do hope the PI has some actual evidence to back up his idea. On Greg’s website about Sabrina, he has “an important (and private) message for Dara.” Before you can see the message, you have to answer some questions that only Dara would know the answer to.

  2. Kat August 11, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Thanks Meaghan!

  3. Becka August 12, 2013 / 1:25 am

    I will never understand parents commit abductions. I know a good portion of cases are to get back at the other parent, but I just can’t comphrend why, you know? Miracles have happened, though, so maybe Sabrina will finally find her way back home soon.

    oh- and I was blonde as a kid and have stayed relatively blonde, albeit darker. genetics are a strange thing.

    • Meaghan August 12, 2013 / 12:00 pm

      I was platinum-blonde as a kid. My hair started darkening when I reached school age. I began coloring it red when I was ten years old and have ever since, so I’m not certain what the color would be now, but I’m pretty sure it would be in the “light brown” range.

      I think a lot of parental abductors are mentally ill, or at least have some form of personality disorder. In any case it’s a pathologically selfish thing to do.

    • forthelost August 13, 2013 / 12:15 pm

      I’ve seen literally hundreds of parental kidnapping cases. The number that I thought were motivated by real concern for the child and not spite? Two. The number of those I thought the kid might be in real danger? One.

      My hair was light brown as a toddler. It was medium brown when I started school and became dark brown when I was ten or so.

      • Meaghan August 14, 2013 / 10:04 am

        And if you’re thinking of the same cases I am, in both instances it was a GRANDPARENT who kidnapped the kid, not a parent.

  4. Jenn August 12, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    I would love to see this story have a happy ending- I always check for updates on Sabrina’s Fathers page. I always check for updates with Jessica Foster too, although I do not believe she is with us still. It would be amazing but I’m just not sure she’s still alive. Although i always hope for that!

  5. Holly August 12, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Her mother sounds like a pure sociopath, who only has concern for herself. It sounds like this sweet little girl may have suffered because of her “mother”. I truly hope not. I hope some Mexican woman adopted her and she’s alright. Oh…Why do selfish people have to take their children down with them?

  6. Leah August 12, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    I’ve followed this case for years. It is incredibly disheartening. I can’t believe Sabrina is 16 now. I really hope to see her case resolved soon, but who knows where her head will be at if/when she is found.

  7. Kat August 13, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Sabrina reminds me of Samantha Kibalo. In both cases, even if the girls are found, due to the (alleged) instability of their mothers they have a hard road to a normal life. And if I may, later down the road when you have room, I’d like to nominate Samantha as a Select It too. I saw her on AMW years ago I believe too.

    • Meaghan August 14, 2013 / 10:05 am

      I can do Samantha as a Select It Sunday. But not for awhile. This is already the second family abduction in a row for Select It Sunday; I’ll wait a few weeks before profiling another family abduction case.

      • Kat August 14, 2013 / 4:54 pm

        No worries. Just wanted to throw her name out there. Thanks for profiling Sabrina, too. There seem to be a lot of people who remember this case.

  8. Celeste Keenan October 1, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    They found her. It was coordinated effort from a child rescue group, the Mexican Authorities, and the FBI.
    Sabrina was taken to a undisclosed rescue and her mother was arrested.

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