Gabrielle Nicole Dahm

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Gabrielle, circa 2010;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 8 (circa 2016)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 2, 2010 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: October 27, 2008
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'1, 24 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Gabrielle's nickname is Gabby.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gabrielle disappeared from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2, 2010. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Leslie Sheila Delbecq. Leslie and Gabrielle's father, Christopher Dahm, finalized their divorce in June 2010, after a marriage of less than two years. They had joint custody of Gabrielle and neither of them was supposed to take the child out of the country without permission. Leslie failed to return Gabrielle after a visitation, and Christopher learned his ex-wife had purchased three one-way tickets to the United Arab Emirates, via Brussels, Belgium: one for herself, one for her mother and one for Gabrielle.

    Gabrielle does not have a United States passport, apparently Leslie got a Belgian passport for her without Christopher's knowledge. Leslie, who was born in Michigan, has dual citizenship in Belgium and the United States. Her parents, who are both French-speaking Belgian citizens, moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2005, after her father got a job with Etihad Airways. They live in the nation's capital of Abu Dhabi. The State Department confirmed that Gabrielle was there as well.

    In August 2011, a full year after Gabrielle's disappearance, Leslie and her mother, Jeanine De Riddere, and father, Philippe Delbecq, were indicted for international parental kidnapping. Federal warrants were issued for Leslie and Jeanine on June 21, 2011. If any of them attempt to travel internationally, they will be arrested. Christopher has gotten full custody of Gabrielle in the United States and is working to bring her home.

    Photographs and vital statistics for Leslie and Jeanine are posted below this case summary. Photographs and information for Philippe are unavailable. Gabrielle's case remains unsolved.

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    Leslie Sheila Delbecq
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    Above: Leslie Sheila Delbecq

    Date of Birth: April 27, 1980
    Age: 29 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'8, 130 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes.

    Jeanine De Riddere
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    Above: Jeanine De Riddere

    Date of Birth: April 24, 1955
    Age: 55 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4, 135 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

    Philippe Delbecq
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    Above: Philippe Delbecq

    Date of Birth: April 12, 1951
    Age: 59 years old
    Height and Weight: 6'0, 200 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, hazel eyes.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    954-828-5700

    OR
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Miami, Florida Office
    305-944-9101

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Help Save Gabby
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 16, 2017; age-progression updated.

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