Afif Hassan Trabulsy

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Left: Afif, circa 2005;
Right: Afif in June 2007
(nearly two years after his abduction)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 18, 2005 from Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: February 19, 1996
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'6, 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Afif may go by the name Prince Afif Hassan Trabulsy. He may spell his last name "Traboulsi."
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    Details of Disappearance

    Their non-custodial father, Hassan Afif "Richard" Trabulsy, abducted Afif and his brother Tristan. Look below this case summary for Richard's photograph and vital statistics.

    Afif and Tristan's mother, Holly B. Rodriguez, divorced Richard in 2004 after eighteen years of marriage. Rodriguez described it as an amicable separation. She got full custody of Tristan, Afif, and Afif's twin sister Serena, who has Down Syndrome. Richard returned to his native Lebanon after the divorce, while Rodriguez and the children remained in the United States. Richard wanted his sons to spend the summer of 2005 with him in Lebanon, but he didn't ask to see Serena. Rodriguez agreed, as long as the boys came home in time to start school in the fall.

    Rodriguez, Afif and Tristan flew to Prague in the Czech Republic on July 10, 2005. Richard met them there and took his sons. Rodriguez spoke to the boys on the phone several times over the next few weeks. They were due to come back to America on August 18, but Rodriguez called them that morning and found out they would not return. Rodriguez has not seen her sons since then, although she has talked to them on the phone occasionally. Richard has refused to speak to her, but he told mutual friends he wanted to raise his sons in Lebanon.

    On August 3, 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warrant for Richard's arrest for international parental kidnapping. Investigators believe the children are still in Lebanon with their father. Lebanese courts operate under Islamic law, which generally grants custody to the father if the child is over 7 years old. Rodriguez remains in the United States. She has remarried and had two more children, and hopes to be reunited with Afif and Tristan. The boys' cases remain unsolved.


    Hassan Afif Trabulsy
    Above: Hassan Afif Trabulsy

    Date of Birth: March 23, 1963
    Age: 42 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 165 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Richard may go by the name Hassan Afif Trabulsy. He may spell his last name "Traboulsi."


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Hartford Courant


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 21, 2008; details of disappearance updated.

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