Andonios Georgios Petroutsas

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Andonios, circa 2010;
Bottom Right: Andonios in June 2016 (age 11, six years after his disappearance)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 2010 from Capitola, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: May 21, 2005
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'9, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Andonios's nickname is Adoni. He speaks both Greek and English.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Andonios was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Despoina Georgios Asvesta. A photograph and vital statistics for Asvesta are posted below this case summary.

    Asvesta had abducted Andonios once before, in November 2005, when she took him to three-week trip Greece to visit relatives and then called his father, George Petroutsas, to say they wouldn't be returning. George filed for divorce and was granted sole custody of Andonios in December 2005, but Asvesta refused to comply with the order. In July 2007, George went to Greece and retrieved his son. Asvestas filed kidnapping charges against him, which are still outstanding. Andonios went through a period where he spent three months at a time with his father in the U.S., then three months with his mother in Greece. In 2010, sole custody was given to George, who lived in Capitola, California at the time.

    Asvesta had one last visit with Andonios in Greece; he went there on May 1. Asvesta signed an affadavit promising to return him, and purchased return plane tickets. George maintained contact with his son through the telephone and video chats. Andonios and his maternal grandmother were fly from Athens, Greece to Miami, Florida on June 19, but they never arrived; Asvesta had canceled the tickets four days beforehand. A felony warrant was issued for her on August 31, 2010.

    Asvesta and Andonios are believed to still be in Greece. George stated he's trying to get his son back through legal means and he's afraid to go back to Greece, where he has citizenship, because he thinks he may be arrested. Andonios's case remains unsolved.


    Despoina Georgios Asvesta
    Above: Despoina Asvesta

    Date of Birth: September 10, 1973
    Age: 36 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'11, 160 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Asvesta's nickname is Despina.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    The San Jose Mercury News


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 16, 2017; picture added.

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