Nicolas Marcel Santin

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Left: Nicolas, circa 2005;
Right: Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 17, 2005 from Steelton, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: March 15, 1993
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Nicolas's nickname is Nico. He wears eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Nicolas resided in Steelton, Pennsylvania with his mother, Simone Santin, in 2005. In December of that year his maternal grandfather, Andres Arguera Santin, asked permission to take the child to visit relatives in El Salvador for Christmas vacation. Simone agreed and Andres left with Nicolas on December 17, traveling in a white 1995 Geo Metro with the Pennsylvania license plate number GCJ-2922. A photograph and vital statistics for Andres are posted below this case summary.

    Simone last spoke to her son on December 19. Andres and Nicolas crossed the border from Mexico into Guatemala on December 21. Their family members in El Salvador stated neither of them arrived as scheduled, and immigration records do not record either of the Santins leaving Guatemala under their own names. After Simone didn't hear from her father or her son in some time, she reported them missing.

    A felony warrant for international parental kidnapping was issued for Andres on February 8, 2006; investigators believe he abducted his grandson intentionally. Simone and her sister traveled to Guatemala in May 2006 to search for Nicolas and raise awareness of his abduction, but the trip did not produce any leads as to the child's whereabouts.

    A native of El Salvador, Andres had lived and worked in the United States illegally for about forty years prior to Nicolas's abduction. He uses numerous alias names and dates of birth, and may attempt to use false identification to create a new identity. Andres has ties to the Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City and to Mexico. He and Nicolas may be in Mexico, Guatemala or El Salvador. There has been no activity on Andres's bank account or cellular phone since Nicolas's abduction, and his vehicle has not been recovered.

    Nicolas's whereabouts are unknown and his case remains unsolved. For unspecified reasons, caution is advised when approaching him or his grandfather.


    Andres Arguera Santin
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    Above Images: Andres Arguera Santin

    Date of Birth: January 3, 1943
    Age: 62 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'7, 200 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, black eyes. Andres may use the alias names Andres Santin-Arguera, Andres Arguera Santin, Arguera Andres Santin, Andres A. Santin, Andres Arguera, Jose O. Gonzalez, Jose Ortiz Gonzalez, Jose Ortiz, Jose Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez Ortiz and/or Jose Ortix. He may use the alias dates of birth March 7, 1943; July 3, 1943; July 1, 1943; October 19, 1946. He has work experience as an addiction counselor and he speaks both Spanish and English. Andres had a thick mustache at the time of the abduction. He wears eyeglasses for reading.
    Medical Conditions: Andres is a diabetic.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office


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


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 7, 2013; age-progression updated.

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