A US woman whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down using Facebook. A US woman whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down using Facebook.
The children's father, Faustino Utrera, took off with them in 1995 when they were aged two and three, said deputy district attorney Kurt Rowley.
The mother, from southern California, found her daughter's Facebook profile after searching for her name on the social networking site in March, Mr Rowley said.
They were traced in Florida and officials said the now 17-year-old girl and her 16-year-old brother have been placed in the custody of the state.
"You can imagine the feelings she's having, not seeing her children for so many years and knowing they've bonded with another family," Mr Rowley said about the mother. "But at the same time they're almost within her grasp."
Could social net working be the way to solving crimes and missing person cases - both not exclusive
We heard one side of the story. And people jumped all over the "poor mother" scenario. The media made the father sound like a real bad guy. Maybe he was/is... maybe he isn't.
Seldom do we hear both sides of these stories. They are just out there to stir up the masses.
And yes it's sad if the father really is a bad guy and denied a worthy mother of seeing her children.
But here is another story that is just the opposite.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/14/Uta … index.html
The father was forced to send his soon ... 4 years old off to live with his mother and her new husband. Result: The boy is now dead and they are awaiting trial on murder.
So before people jump the gun on this one they need to hear from the father and his reasons for taking his children elsewhere.
MikeNV - your right there are two sides to very story - however - taking two children for 15 years without informing someone is not good - but I appreciate what your saying
by dje71 12 months ago
There are a lot of discussions in forums by dads desperately wanting to be "dad" to their estranged children. My take on it is different; I used to be one of those dads.The mother of my daughter and I separated a year after my daughter was born. The mother did everything she could to...
by Tony 6 years ago
Just noticed that the facebook like button is not showing in Firefox, although it shows up fine in Chrome when I looked.
by Christin Sander 5 years ago
How do you help a child cope whose father has decided to not be involved anymore?What ways can you show the child that they are still very loved and appreciated and that it is the parents fault for abandoning them? It's hard because the mom doesn't want to trash the dad to the son, but at the same...
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