There is a new development in the case of a local child who was kidnapped 11 years ago. The woman who took Sabrina Allen is now missing and may be dead.
Greg Allen is spending spring break with his three kids. Despite all the fun there is one child Allen is unable to be with --his oldest daughter Sabrina. His ex-wife kidnapped the child in 2002 and fled to Mexico. More than a decade later, Allen remains determined to be re-united.
"I want to find her. I want to see her again. She needs to know she has a family that loves her. I can't just give up on her." said Allen.
Blurry images from a video provide the only real glimpse he has had of Sabrina. Age progression computer renderings were produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The pictures show a child growing up, becoming an adolescent and now a teenager, who is about to have her Sweet 16 birthday.
"I mean, you know, robbed is certainly a good way to look at it," said Allen.
He still keeps a room ready for his missing daughter at their home near Avery Ranch. Her bed is made with several stuff animals placed against pillows that have never been used. The doorway leading to it is always open -- a door in the form of a website called findsabrina.org. A few years ago, the site provided a brief link with his daughter. It could again.
"We're absolutely hoping to play that angle she is getting to that age where she is rebelling against whatever in her environment that she is in and wants to learn who she is on her own and maybe she will reach out and try to find out who she is," said Allen.
Re-establishing contact through the internet may not be long shot because Sabrina may no longer be controlled by her mother. The private investigator working the case, Phillip Klein, spoke to FOX 7 by Skype about this new development.
Klein operates an Investigation agency out of Nederland, TX. He said it's been almost a year since anyone has spotted or heard from Dara Llorens, Sabrina's mother. He's convinced she is dead.
"My belief is she is that she got wrapped up in some pretty bad people down there and she paid the ultimate price," said Klein.
Sabrina, according to Klein, is with a family of a woman her mother befriended while on the run. Klein says the family may believe they are protecting the child based on lies told by her mother.
"I think this woman did it out of true love for the child," said Klein.
The emotional damage that's been done to Sabrina may be the most difficult challenge to address. Klein and Allen suspect the child has been told many negative things about her father. It's a typical problem in Parental Child abduction cases.
Allen knows repairing the damage that's been done to his daughter will be another long journey, but says facing that will not keep him from continuing his search.