Emily Koyama missing nine years

Today is the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of Emily Aline Koyama. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Trina Sue Ann Atwell-Chavarria, from Springfield, Missouri. They are believed to be in Costa Rica.

Emily Koyama

Emily Koyama in 2012

Trina Atwell-Chavarria

Above are pictures of Emily and her mother in 2009, and a picture of Emily from 2012. Help bring her home to her father – if you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 417-874-1212.

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    Costa Ricana said,

    November 24, 2018 @ 2:08 am

    Your information is wrong. Emily’s mother did not flee before Emily could be returned to the United States. Pani, which is Costa Rican social services, and Costa Rican authorities went to the family’s home and took Emily away. There was nothing the family could do due to the first court decision that Emily should go back to the United States. Several days after Emily was taken away to an unknown location the family received a phone call from the media who wanted to know how Emily’s mother and stepfather felt about getting Emily back. They were completely stunned, because nobody had told them that they were getting Emily back. They rushed to the court house and were disappointed when told the order was not in force yet, but received a call as they were leaving. The psychologist and social worker were on the way to the court house with Emily and wanted to be sure that her parents would be there to take her home. Emily was LEGALLY returned to her mother and stepfather. Now I ask you if the family was in hiding, how did the Costa Rican authorities know where to find Emily? The final court order determined that due to past domestic violence, Emily’s relationship with her mother, and integration into extended family and Costa Rica she should remain in Costa Rica.


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    Celeste Keenan said,

    November 25, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

    If this is true then the authorities in Costa Rica should have taken the first court order a little more seriously and returned Emily to her father in the United States instead of aiding and abetting a parental kidnapper.

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