Lisa Mae Zaharias

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Lisa, circa 1987;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 28 (circa 2014)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 20, 1987 from Santa Ana, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: August 18, 1986
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 20 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Some agencies hyphenate Lisa's first and middle names, as in "Lisa-Mae."
  • Details of Disappearance

    Lisa and her brother Christopher were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Susan Elizabeth Zaharias. Susan had been married to the children's father, Louis Zaharias, for six years and their relationship had many problems. Louis stated Susan was abusing cocaine and behaving "recklessly." On the morning November 20, 1987, the couple had a serious verbal argument and Louis left the house to cool off. Later that day, while he was at work, Susan absconded with the two children. Her relatives may have helped her in her flight.

    A photograph and vital statistics for Susan are posted below this case summary. A felony warrant for crimes against persons was issued for her on February 17, 1988. She also has a warrant out for her arrest for custodial interference. Lisa, Christopher and Susan were known to have stayed with a family in Pennsylvania for a time after the children's abductions, and they were sighted in Detroit, Michigan in 1988. There have been reported sightings of Susan alone in Michigan and Oklahoma, but their current whereabouts are unknown.

    Christopher, Lisa and Susan may be traveling in a black 1986 Toyota 4-Runner with the license plate number 2X85442. Susan's parents live in in Oklahoma and she may be in that state; other relatives live in California and Pennsylvania. She could also be in Sarina, Michigan; in Lake Elsinore, California; Orange County, California; northern California or Canada. The children's cases remain unsolved.

    Susan Elizabeth Zaharias
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    Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Susan Elizabeth Zaharias;
    Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 51 (circa 2010)

    Date of Birth: December 5, 1959
    Age: 27 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 90 - 100 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Susan maiden name is Gammill and some agencies refer to her as Susan Zaharias-Gammill. She could also use the last name Nosal. She has a small scar on her upper lip and keloid scarring on her abdomen.
    Medical Conditions: According to her ex-husband, Susan was addicted to cocaine and crystal methamphetamine in 1987. She has a heart condition that requries that she be given antibiotics before any dental procedure.


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



    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America
    Vanished Children's Alliance
    The Doe Network
    Child Quest International Inc.
    America's Most Wanted
    MySpace Page for the Zaharias Children
    Facebook Page for the Zaharias Children
    For the Lost
    Find Chris and Lisa
    Operation Lookout
    Victims News Online


    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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