Details of Disappearance
Their non-custodial father, Hassan Afif "Richard" Trabulsy, abducted Afif and his brother Tristan
The boys' mother, Holly B. Rodriguez, divorced Richard in 2004 after eighteen years of marriage. Rodriguez described it as an amicable separation. She got full custody of Tristan, Afif, and Afif's twin sister Serena, who has Down Syndrome.
Richard returned to his native Lebanon after the divorce, while Rodriguez and the children remained in the United States. Richard wanted his sons to spend the summer of 2005 with him in Lebanon, but he didn't ask to see Serena. Rodriguez agreed, as long as the boys came home in time to start school in the fall.
Rodriguez, Afif and Tristan flew to Prague in the Czech Republic on July 10, 2005. Richard met them there and took his sons. Rodriguez spoke to the boys on the phone several times over the next few weeks. They were due to come back to America on August 18, but Rodriguez called them that morning and found out they would not return.
Rodriguez has not seen her sons since then, although she has talked to them on the phone occasionally. Richard has refused to speak to her, but he told mutual friends he wanted to raise his sons in Lebanon. On August 3, 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI issued a warrant for Richard's arrest for international parental kidnapping.
A photo of Richard is posted with this case summary. His date of birth is March 23, 1963, making him 42 years old at the time of his sons' abductions. He's described as Caucasian, 5'6 and 165 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. He may spell his last name "Traboulsi."
Investigators believe the children are still in Lebanon with their father. Lebanese courts operate under Islamic law, which generally grants custody to the father if the child is over 7 years old.
Rodriguez remains in the United States. She has remarried and had two more children, and hopes to be reunited with Afif and Tristan. The boys' cases remain unsolved.