Details of Disappearance
Yousef and his sister Iman
were abducted by their mother, Ghada Abdel Fattah Said, from their Euless, Texas home on August 25, 1999. A photograph of Ghada and her vital statistics are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant was issued for her on November 17, 1999, nearly three months after she abducted Yousef and Iman.
She had custody of them at the time she took them, but by leaving with the children she deprived their father, Hirsham Almetnawy, of his visitation rights. Ghada, Iman and Yousef may be traveling in a silver 1989 Honda CRS with the Texas license plate number YCJ05P. They may be in New York, Tennessee, California, or Egypt.
Ghada's brother, Yaser Abdel Said, a taxi driver who lived in Lewisville, Texas, was charged with murder on January 2, 2008. He allegedly murdered his two daughters, Amina and Sarah Said, by shooting them in his taxicab in Irving, Texas.
Amina was 18 at the time of her death and Sarah was 17; their mother is an American. The motive was reportedly because the girls had become "too American" and were dating non-Muslim boys. Because of this, the girls' murders are considered "honor killings." Amina and Sarah had previously accused him of sexual abuse and he had threatened them before.
Yaser fled after his daughters' murders, taking his passport and $9,000 in cash. Photos and vital statistics for him are posted below this case summary. Before the murders he was usually armed, carrying a gun in his taxicab and a knife or other weapon on his person. Yaser has both American and Egyptian passports and ties to New York, Virginia and Egypt, and he frequents IHOP and Denny's chain restaurants.
In spite of extensive national publicity, Yaser has not been located or arrested since them murders. Authorities believe he may be traveling with his sister, niece and nephew; photographs of Ghada and the children were found at his home after the murders. Yaser is considered armed and dangerous and if he is with Ghada, Iman and Yousef, they would be in danger.
Ghada's date of birth is September 4, 1966, making her 32 years old at the time of her children's abductions. She's described as Caucasian, 5'2 and 115 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. Yaser's date of birth is either January 27, 1957 or July 17, 1961, making him either 48 years old or 52 years old when he went on the run in 2008. He's described as Caucasian, 6'2, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Both Ghada and Yaser are Egyptian nationals. Yaser has dark brown spots on his neck, primarily on the right side. He had a mustache in 2008 and usually wore dark sunglasses, indoors and out. He smokes Marlboro Light 100's cigarettes. Yaser's first name may be spelled "Yasir." He may use the names Yaser Abdel Fattah Mohammed Said and/or Yassein A. Said.
Yousef was born in Bedford, Texas. His whereabouts and his sister's are unknown and their cases remain unsolved.