Above: Samantha Kibalo in 2001 (left) and an age-progressed image to 15, circa 2014 (right)
Samantha Michelle Kibalo
Last seen in Suffern, New York on February 3, 2001
Vital statistics: White female. Born on January 1, 1999. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Was two at the time.
Circumstances: She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Ann Yermak Kibalo. A photo and vital statistics are posted below. She was on a two day visit and was never returned to her father, Michael Kibalo. He has had custody of her since she was almost a year old. Ann had lost custody after Samantha came back from a visit with several bruises on her face. She was later diagnosed with Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy; she had taken Samantha to seven different doctors on thirty three different occasions, and she also hired eleven different psychiatrists and twenty three different lawyers. An FBI warrant for kidnapping was issued for her on January 15, 2002. She also has warrants for her arrest on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. They were originally traveling in a black four-door 1996 Suzuki Sidekick Sport with a gold-colored bumper and New York license plates. It has since been recovered in a parking garage in New York City, New York borough of Brooklyn. They may be accompanied by a 12-pound miniature Tibetan Spaniel named Vodka. They may frequent doctor's offices and other medical facilities. They may be with an adult female relative. They may be in the New York City, New York area, or in Palm Beach County or Boynton Beach, Florida, Illinois, or New Hampshire. They were spotted in New Mexico; Samantha was reported to be a quiet child and her mother was reported to not interact with her much. Her father now lives in New Jersey, but continues to search for his daughter. Samantha may be home schooled, as there is no record of her being enrolled in school anywhere. She is considered at risk due to her mother's conditions and history of physical abuse.
Above: Ann Kibalo in 2001 (left) and an age-progressed image to 40, circa 2003 (right)
Vital statistics: White female. Born on March 25, 1963. Brown hair, blue eyes. She wears eyeglasses while driving. She may use the last names "Yermak," "Saul," and/or "Kaplan." She may have cut her hair short and dyed it blond and may wear contact lenses tinted brown. She has worked as an accountant. She has a dental condition and is mentally unstable; she has a severe personality disorder and several traits from other disorders, and may suffer from Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, which would cause her to harm Samantha. She is classified as disabled. Was thirty-seven at the time.
If you have any information as to Samantha's whereabouts, please contact the Rockland County Sheriff's Office at 845-638-5400. Any information received can be kept confidential.
Information used to compile this case file came from the following sources:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Doe Network
The Charley Project
Child Search Ministries
The Polly Klaas Foundation
New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
Child Quest International Inc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Free New Mexican
America's Most Wanted
Child Find of America
NamUs National Missing Persons Data System
Child Protection Education Of America (site now defunct)
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