Jehad Ahmed Abuhamda

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Above: Jehad, circa 2010

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 21, 2012 from Overland Park, Kansas
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: June 18, 1998
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jehad is of Middle Eastern descent. He can speak English and Arabic.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jehad and his siblings, Jannah and Edhem, disappeared from Overland Park, Kansas on February 21, 2012. They were abducted by their non-custodial father, Ahmed K. Abuhamda. A photograph and vital statistics for Ahmed are posted below this case summary.

    Ahmed and the children's mother, Bethany Gonzales, are divorced, and Gonzales has remarried and had another child. They had a joint custody agreement where the children's primary residence would be with their father, but they would spend three days a week with their mother. The agreement allowed Ahmed to take the children overseas if Gonzales agreed. When he asked for permission to take them to the Gaza Strip for a family wedding, she agreed to let them go. She had a detailed itinerary for the trip and expected Jehad, Jannah and Edhem to return to the United States in three weeks, but they never came back. Ahmed eventually sent Gonzales a text message saying he and the children were staying in the Gaza Strip and he'd enrolled them in the American School of Palestine, and he would pay for her plane ticket if she wanted to visit. Gonzales discovered he'd cleaned out his apartment.

    A warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for Ahmed on April 26, 2012. He has also been charged with aggravated interference with parental custody. These charges cannot be enforced while he remains in the Gaza Strip, however. Sharia law, which is enforced in Gaza, awards legal guardianship of children to their father, and a mother is not allowed to leave the country with her children unless she has permission from the father. Ahmed was interviewed by an Associated Press reporter and claimed Gonzales knew he was taking the children to live there permanently and had agreed to let them go.

    Although Jannah, Edhem and Jehad's whereabouts are known and Gonzales has regular phone contact with them, she has not seen them since they left the country in 2012 and American law requires their return to their mother in the United States.

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    Ahmed K. Abuhamda
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    Above: Ahmed K. Abuhamda

    Date of Birth: March 15, 1972
    Age: 39 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'5, 180 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Ahmed is of Middle Eastern descent.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Overland Park Police Department
    913-895-6300

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Interpol
    The Kansas City Star

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 7, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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