Claim:   A nine-year-old boy named Nicholas Farber was abducted by gunmen from his California home and is still missing.

Status:   Not any more.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2000]

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Nicholas Farber

about 2:00 AM on 28 August 2002, nine-year-old Nicholas Farber was abducted at gunpoint from his Palm Desert, California, home by two men who beat his father and fled in an SUV Police suspected that Nicholas’ mother, Debra Rose, was involved in the kidnapping, as she had been engaged in a bitter custody dispute with her ex-husband, who had recently granted temporary custody of Nicholas by an Orange County Superior Court judge.

Police suspicions proved correct, as Nicholas was found, unharmed, with his mother and another man in a campground near San Diego on 30 August 2002. Debra Rose was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abduction, and two other men, Rodrique Edgar Van Blake and Elias Gutierrez, were booked on charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Last updated:   27 March 2005


  Sources Sources:   “Abducted Boy’s Parents in Custody Fight.”

    29 August 2002   “Mother Named As Suspect in Missing Boy Case.”

    29 August 2002   “Missing California Boy Found Safe.”

    31 August 2002   “More Arrests in California Boy’s Kidnap.”

    3 September 2002