Tariq Ahmed Elsafi

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Left and Center: Tariq, circa 2003;
Right: Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 9, 2003 from Miami, Florida
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: October 4, 1990
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 89 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Hispanic) male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Tariq has multiple scars on his body. He may use the last name Abdalla.
  • Medical Conditions: Tariq has asthma and may take the drug Singulair to control his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tariq and his sister, Sarah, disappeared from Miami, Florida on May 9, 2003 when their non-custodial father, Ahmed Abdulla Elsafi, picked them up for a scheduled visitation. He was supposed to return the children to their mother on May 11, but did not, and none of them have been heard from again. The children's mother, who is Ahmed's ex-wife, reported their abductions to police on May 14 and was subsequently granted sole custody of Sarah and Tariq.

    Photographs and vital statistics for Ahmed are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for him on April 12, 2004. The Elsafis may have traveled to Canada, Sudan, Yemen or Saudi Arabia. The children's whereabouts are unknown and their cases remain unsolved.

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    Ahmed Abdulla Elsafi
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    Above Images: Ahmed Abdulla Elsafi

    Date of Birth: September 22, 1961
    Age: 42 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'11, 205 - 220 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, black eyes. Ahmed may use the alias dates of birth September 23, 1961, September 24, 1961 and/or October 18, 1969. He may use the alias names Ahmed Abdalla, Mohamed Abdullah, Ahmed Mohamed, Ahmed Hamood, Hamood Ashemimry and/or Mohamed Elsafi. He was born in Sudan. He has work experience as a mechanic for an American airline and could also work as a pilot. Ahmed has multiple scars on his body.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Florida Office
    305-944-9101

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Our Missing Children

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 28, 2012; age-progression updated.

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