The Last Memory of Samantha Kibalo
The FBI issued a warrant for Ann Kibalo in the 2001 abduction of Samantha Kibalo.
Samantha Kibalo's father remembers the day he said goodbye to his 2-year-old daughter on January 31, 2001 like it was yesterday. She was crying, and her little hands were reaching out for him.
That was more than seven years ago, when Mike Kibalo says he handed Samantha over to her mother. He hasn't seen her since.
When Mike dropped Samantha off that Friday at their assigned meeting place, Ann Kibalo was supposed to bring her back two days later.
His ex-wife was permitted to watch their daughter only every other week. Mike gained full custody of Samantha in 2000, when she was just a year old, and he says his ex-wife was incapable of taking care of Samantha because she was physically abusive. Mike also claims Ann suffered from a mental illness.
A New York judge and a court-appointed psychologist agreed. In court, a doctor testified that Samantha had, on more than one occasion, had bruises on her body, starting when she was as young as 9 months old.
Authorities fear that little Samantha's life may be in danger.
FBI Takes On Case Of Abducted Girl
Cops say Samantha Kibalo was abducted on January 31, 2001 by her non-custodial mother Ann Kibalo. View Larger
Mike says his biggest fear, that Samantha would one day be in danger again in Ann's care, became a reality when he didn't hear from her on that Sunday.
He has been searching for his daughter ever since.
The FBI is working the case, and investigators have created an age-enhanced photo that investigators hope will generate new leads in the case. They are also asking the public to look for the clues that may help find Samantha.
Her mother may be traveling with her rare, 12 lb. red Tibetan Spaniel named vodka. Investigators believe she might be seeking treatment for a dental condition, and may frequent medical facilities and doctors' offices with Samantha. Ann may also use eyeglasses while driving.