Adam Osama Shannon

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Left and Center: Adam, circa 2001;
Right: Age-progression to age 7 (circa 2004)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 22, 2001 from Rosedale, Maryland
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: February 9, 1997
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'6, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Adam and his brother, Jason, were last seen in Rosedale, Maryland on August 22, 2001. They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Nermeen Osama Shannon, while on a weekend visit with her and their grandmother in New York. A felony warrant for child abduction was issued for Nermeen on August 28, 2001. A photograph and vital statistics for her are posted below this case summary.

    The children's father had full custody of them, as Nermeen is an alcoholic and has been accused of abusing her sons. Adam and Jason's father believes his sons were abducted because their Nermeen's father in Egypt has only daughters and granddaughters and needed male heirs. They are currently living in Cairo, Egypt. The United States embassy has done welfare checks on them and verified where where they are and that they are healthy.

    Nermeen was assisted in her crime by her mother, Afaf Nassar Khalifa. Khalifa was later convicted of abducting a child, harboring a child outside the United States, and other charges. She was sentenced to ten years in prison and $15,000 in fines, the maximum allowed for both. Adam and Jason have not been recovered, however, and Nermeen also remains at large.

    The children are considered at risk because of Nermeen's drinking problem and history of child abuse. Their cases remain unsolved.


    Nermeen Osama Shannon
    Above: Nermeen Osama Shannon

    Date of Birth: January 4, 1969
    Age: 32 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'7, 140 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian (Egyptian) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Nermeen may use the name Afaf Khalifa.
    Medical Conditions: Nermeen is an alcoholic.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Fox News
    Procuraduría General de la República


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 29, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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