Varvara Theodora Lazaridis

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Varvara, circa 2003;
Bottom Center: Varvara in June 2007 (two and a half years after her abduction);
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 5 (circa 2005)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 5, 2003 from West Olive, Michigan
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: July 2, 2000
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'4, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Varvara's nicknames are Barbara and Veda. She has a small birthmark on her lower leg.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Varvara was abducted by her non-custodial father, Emmanuel Lazaridis. Varvara's mother normally had custody of her, but Emmanuel got temporary custody when her mother was hospitalized. He then used an illegal passport to take Varvara out of the country, in violation of a court order requiring him to keep her in the United States. Photographs and vital statistics for Emmanuel are posted below this case summary. A kidnapping warrant was issued for him on October 7, 2004.

    Emmanuel and Varvara may be traveling around Europe. Varvara and her parents have previously lived in France; her mother has full legal custody of her in both France and the United States. Emmanuel was arrested in France after abducting Varvara, but was able to flee the country with her again before she could be brought back to the United States. The child's case remains unsolved.


    Emmanuel Lazaridis
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    Above Images: Emmanuel Lazaridis

    Date of Birth: March 3, 1970
    Age: 33 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'5, 150 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Emmanuel may use the alias names Manny, Manoli, or Manolis. He has scars on both of his lower legs.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ottawa County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    MLive: Everything Michigan
    Bring Varvara Home


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 19, 2008; picture added.

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