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WE ARE FRIENDS OF THE MISSING CHILD CENTER – HAWAII

Our mission is to protect Hawaii’s children from abduction and exploitation.

Our efforts will promote, educate and support the recovery of missing children and facilitate the reunification and care of families.

Fundraising

To raise funds to support and initiate recovery of missing and abducted children, public awareness and education about the issues of missing children.

Education

To educate the public and ourselves about the issues of missing children.

Communications

To clearly promote and communicate the mission of the Friends of the Missing Children’s Center Hawaii through the use of informational tools.

ABOUT US

When Sharon Y. Martinez’ three children were abducted in 1991, she desperately sought help from every resource she could imagine. However, the state and federal governments were not coordinated in their recovery efforts and much of her personal resources were exhausted in an attempt to bring her children safely back home to Hawaii.

Prior to the passing of HRS 28-0121 establishing the Hawaii State Clearinghouse for Missing Children in 1994, there was no agency solely dedicated to the recovery and prevention of child abduction in Hawaii. Parents of missing children had nowhere to turn for assistance. In some cases, local law enforcement would consider these kinds of cases as civil matters or domestic disputes.

Recovering a child sometimes took a lot of resources including transportation, investigation fees, and legal counsel. There were instances when parents file for bankruptcy in their attempt to recover their missing child. Ms. Martinez was instrumental in establishing the Hawaii State Clearinghouse for Missing Children. Ms. Martinez spent over $70,000 trying to locate her children, hiring attorneys and private investigators. Three years after her children were abducted by their father and taken to Mexico, her 14 year old son escaped from his father’s captivity and was reunited with his mother.

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READ MY STORY – MISSING

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    Maile Gilbert

    Tip Gilbert speaks about his daughter 6-year-old Maile, who was abducted from her Kailua home in 1985 by a family acquaintance and killed....

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    Sarah “Dowsha” Elgohary

    Sarah “Dowsha” Elgohary has been missing since May 27, 1997. She was taken by her father to Egypt. Sarah’s mother has never given up, going to Egypt twice to get her back. During one visit, her mother received custody in the Egyptian courts, only to......

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    Daniel and Noel Santiago

    Daniel and Noel Santiago have been missing since July 12, 2002. The boys disappeared with their father with no trace....

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    Therese Vanderheiden Walsh

    Therese Vanderheiden Walsh has been missing since June 22, 1990. Therese was taken from her daycare at the age of six. Therese would be 28 years old this year. Therese’s father never gave up looking for her, whenever he was at an airport he would......

FOUND

Steve Carter

Missing: 1977
Found: 2012
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Ariel Martinez

Missing: 1991
Found: 1994
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Camille

Missing: March 1996
Found: June 2004
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Code Name B-Case

Missing: December 2006
Found: July 2007
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