Stefan Barbat-Alexander

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Left: Stefan, circa 2008;
Center: Stefan in 2010 (age eight, two years after his abduction);
Right: Age-progression to age 13 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 24, 2008 from Brooklyn, New York
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: May 16, 2000
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'9, 27 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Stefan disappeared from Brooklyn, New York on July 24, 2008. He was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Marcela Claudia Barbat. A photograph and vital statistics for Marcela are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for her on December 30, 2008.

    Marcela took Stefan to her native Romania and filed for divorce from his father, Brandon Alexander Sharwin, once she arrived in that country. Sharwin is an American citizen who was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He arranged for three Americans to go to Romania and try to take Stefan back. In February 2009, the three individuals took Stefan from his school in the central Romanian city of Sacele. The police quickly began looking for them, however, and found Stefan and the three Americans only yards from the Romanian/Bulgarian border. Stefan was returned to his mother's care.

    Stefan's case remains unsolved. He is believed to still be in Romania.

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    Marcela Claudia Barbat
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    Above: Marcela Claudia Barbat

    Date of Birth: October 3, 1972
    Age: 35 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 120 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Marcela may use the last name Barbat-Alexander. Her nickname is Marci. She has a mole on the right side of her upper back and her ears are pierced.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    New York Office
    212-384-1000

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    CBS News
    New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 1, 2013; age-progression added.

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