Alfred William Jacob

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Left: Alfred, circa 2008;
Right: Age-progression to age 11 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 22, 2008 from Plainsboro, New Jersey
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: December 6, 2000
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'7 - 4'10, 48 - 75 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Alfred is of Indian descent.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Alfred and his identical twin brother, Albert, disappeared from Plainsboro, New Jersey on December 22, 2008. They were abducted by their non-custodial father, Sunil Jacob. A photograph and vital statistics for Sunil are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for him on April 1, 2011.

    In December 2008, the children, Sunil and their mother, Bindu Philips, went to India for what Philips thought was going to be a family vacation. Once they were there, however, Sunil and his family refused to let her have contact with the children for five months. When Philips returned alone to New Jersey in April 2009, she discovered Sunil had arranged for all the family's belongings to be moved while they were in India.

    The last time Philips saw her sons was in 2012, when she went to a Supreme Court hearing in India to fight for their return. She was allowed to speak privately to them for about fifteen minutes. Although she has full custody of the boys and an order issued by the New Jersey Superior Court saying they must be returned to the United States immediately, India has refused to abide by the American courts' decisions.

    Albert, Alfred and Sunil may be in the state of Kerala on the southwest coast of India. They may be in the company of an adult male and an adult female. The boys' whereabouts are unknown and their cases remain unsolved.


    Sunil Jacob
    Above: Sunil Jacob, circa 2008

    Date of Birth: April 20, 1969
    Age: 39 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'10, 175 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Black hair, black eyes.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Plainsboro Police Department

    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Newark, New Jersey Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    New Jersey State Police
    The Trentonian


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 204.

    Last updated July 3, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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