Adji Desir

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Adji, circa 2009;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 10 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 10, 2009 from Immokalee, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 15, 2002
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Adji's nickname is Ji Ji. He is of Haitian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue t-shirt with thin yellow stripes, blue shorts with pink flamingos down the sides, and two-tone blue sneakers. A photo of the sneakers is posted below this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions: Adji is mentally disabled; he functions at the level of a two-year-old and is almost completely nonverbal. He understands Haitian Creole, but cannot speak it, and he cannot speak his name although he knows it. He can speak about a few words in English, and can nod and shake his head to indicate yes and no. Due to his disability, Adji may be unable to ask for help.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Adji was last seen in Immokalee, Florida on January 10, 2009. His mother left him at his grandmother's home in Farm Workers Village in the 800 block of Grace Street that day, as she had to work. Adji was last seen at approximately 5:15 p.m. He went outside to play with other children and disappeared. His grandmother realized he was missing about half an hour after she'd last seen him. After searching for two hours, Adji's grandmother called the police. He has never been heard from again. An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of his whereabouts.

    Adji lived with his mother and stepfather at the time of his disappearance. Investigators looked into the possibility that Adji was taken to Haiti, where his father and extended family members live, but they found no evidence to support this theory. None of Adji's family members are considered suspects in his disappearance. His grandmother no longer lives in the Farm Worker's Village; she now shares a home with Adji's mother and stepfather, who have since given birth to a daughter they named after her brother. Authorities believe Adji either wandered away, or was abducted by a non-relative. His case remains unsolved.

    Sneakers
    Above: Adji's sneakers

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Collier County Sheriff's Office
    239-793-9300

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    America's Most Wanted
    The Naples Daily News
    Find Adji

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 29, 2013; age-progression updated.

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