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Author Topic: Adji Desir, 6 yrs old, Immokalee, Florida missing since 1/10/09 #1  (Read 209146 times)
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« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2009, 02:16:18 PM »

Gosh, I was hoping to come here today and see some good news.  The outcome of this is just not looking good - escpecially with all of the info Rob found last night.

Dolce - you are a peach!

Many prayers going out for this family.
Thank you Leroy, I know that the family apreciates it.  They are very sweet people from what I have seen.  I get good vibes from the grandmother and mother.  The grandmother looks after Adji when the parents are at work, and from what I understood yesterday the mother and stepfather missed work yesterday and more than likely today as well given the circumstances and from being told they are out with the search, which results in no pay for this family.
The mother is who I spoke with the most yesterday, she is able to speak the most english out of the bunch.  She was shaking the entire time she held my hand and tears just rolled down her cheeks. 
After last night, my family thinks its best I support from the home front, so that is what I am doing. 
Adji's family is doing everything they can possible to search for their son as is the LE and FFWL and volunteers.
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« Reply #61 on: January 12, 2009, 02:17:39 PM »


I'm new to this thread, but WTF. This child is not only "developmentally disabled", but "functions on a two-year-old level".  As well, he "has a very limited vocabulary."  Yet not only did he tell his parents he was leaving to go outside and play with friends, but they let him

That said, I'm hoping he is found alive and well.  His family must be heartbroken.


I was thinking the same Another, however I did read somewhere that this is a fairly *safe* area and most of the kids were out playing unattended.  And Adji had never wandered off before.

The area I live in is also fairly safe.. my son is 5, and has Autism. He is high functioning and verbal (though I'm not sure if he would go up to somebody and tell them he was lost).  There is no way in hell I would let either of my kids play outside (in the front yard where there is no fence) unattended.  This boy functions on a 2 yr old level.   Would you let a 2 yr old play in the front yard unattended?
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« Reply #62 on: January 12, 2009, 02:18:36 PM »

Either way, I hope the little boy is found alive and well. He must be terrified.
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« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2009, 02:21:22 PM »


I'm new to this thread, but WTF. This child is not only "developmentally disabled", but "functions on a two-year-old level".  As well, he "has a very limited vocabulary."  Yet not only did he tell his parents he was leaving to go outside and play with friends, but they let him

That said, I'm hoping he is found alive and well.  His family must be heartbroken.

While I agree with you AM that I would be skeptical about letting my child play in the neighborhood, from what I understood being there yesterday, as well as what my husband and father witnessed today, this neighborhood is thought to be one of close friends and community.  Nearly every one of the adults works with each other on a daily basis, the kids have grown up together and go to school with one another, and if an outsider comes in they know about it.
My husband told me that today the children that went to school were taken there by their parents, the bus stopped for pickup, but no children got on.  The children that have stayed home have done so with their parents and remain inside watching from their windows.
I do not know if it was known to them how many sex offenders are living in their community, but given that the LE has been going door to door speaking with everyone and searching homes, I am sure that they are aware of the evil of some of these living among them.
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« Reply #64 on: January 12, 2009, 02:25:58 PM »


I'm new to this thread, but WTF. This child is not only "developmentally disabled", but "functions on a two-year-old level".  As well, he "has a very limited vocabulary."  Yet not only did he tell his parents he was leaving to go outside and play with friends, but they let him

That said, I'm hoping he is found alive and well.  His family must be heartbroken.


I was thinking the same Another, however I did read somewhere that this is a fairly *safe* area and most of the kids were out playing unattended.  And Adji had never wandered off before.

The area I live in is also fairly safe.. my son is 5, and has Autism. He is high functioning and verbal (though I'm not sure if he would go up to somebody and tell them he was lost).  There is no way in hell I would let either of my kids play outside (in the front yard where there is no fence) unattended.  This boy functions on a 2 yr old level.   Would you let a 2 yr old play in the front yard unattended?
From what I understood, saying "functions at a 2 yr old level" is not the best choice of words.  He has the street knowledge to play with other children and from what I was told NEVER wanders from his own yard.  His learning level and capability is that of a 2 year old.  His mother told us yesterday that she just does not understand as Adji knows better than to leave the yard unattended by an adult or older supervisor that was ok'ed by his grandmother. 
The woods that the children have spoke of, saying that is where they play, one little boy was quick to say that Adji does not play with them there that often, and when he does its only if his cousins are with him.
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« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2009, 02:33:46 PM »

Another thing to add, this entire neighborhood is made up of immigrants from all over.  Going to Immokalee is like going to another country if you are not there for the Casino.
Adults are always out on their front patio sitting and watching, not nessesarily in the pedifile way, but in the "take in some fresh air" way. 
What is strange to me, no one has seen anything, and from what my father was hinting at, that is odd.
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« Reply #66 on: January 12, 2009, 02:39:49 PM »

http://www.fox4now.com/global/story.asp?s=9658476

Collier County Sheriff's Office asking for volunteers to help in search for missing six year old boy.  They are asking volunteers to show up at the Immokalee Community Park, 321 North First Street, between two and four this afternoon.  Deputies will distribute flyers of the missing boy and direct volunteers are locations to search.  Residents are also asked to check their yards and nearby areas.
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« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2009, 02:43:04 PM »


I'm new to this thread, but WTF. This child is not only "developmentally disabled", but "functions on a two-year-old level".  As well, he "has a very limited vocabulary."  Yet not only did he tell his parents he was leaving to go outside and play with friends, but they let him

That said, I'm hoping he is found alive and well.  His family must be heartbroken.


I was thinking the same Another, however I did read somewhere that this is a fairly *safe* area and most of the kids were out playing unattended.  And Adji had never wandered off before.

The area I live in is also fairly safe.. my son is 5, and has Autism. He is high functioning and verbal (though I'm not sure if he would go up to somebody and tell them he was lost).  There is no way in hell I would let either of my kids play outside (in the front yard where there is no fence) unattended.  This boy functions on a 2 yr old level.   Would you let a 2 yr old play in the front yard unattended?

I myself would not let my 2 year play outside unattended. 

I guess I am just giving this family the benefit of the doubt so to speak because their actions compared to the actions of the Anthonys is...well do I even need to say any more.

I wish I could help this family  - it breaks my heart knowing he is out there somewhere and hopefully safe.
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« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2009, 02:50:46 PM »

I'm just gonna chalk this all up to cultural differences, and wish this family (and little boy), all the best.
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« Reply #69 on: January 12, 2009, 02:51:47 PM »

I jumped over here to read the updates and when I saw a pic of the little guy, I just lost it.  What a sweet boy.  I saw ALL the information that Rob posted (omg, awesome job, rob) and that is a crying shame.  The area is full of pedophiles.  Geez, I pray to God that he is found safe and sound.  I'll be back and forth from the Caylee thread to this one, checking in for some good news. 
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« Reply #70 on: January 12, 2009, 03:02:45 PM »

I'm just gonna chalk this all up to cultural differences, and wish this family (and little boy), all the best.
AM your reaction was the same as my Stepmothers.  She looked like a deer in the headlights when my father was telling us the child functioned at the capacity of a 2 year old, but we were assured that everyone in the community looked after one another. 
I too had to take into consideration the cultural differences, as I do not allow my own siblings ages 5, 7, and 9 to play out in our yard unattended, and we have a security guard who drives our 4 streets constantly 24/7. 
There are large canals, lakes, and swampy wooded areas within the vecinity, and that is what gives me the creeps.  I came in contact with some shady individuals yesterday who gave me bad vibes, but I still have more fear of the elements in this case.
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« Reply #71 on: January 12, 2009, 03:02:51 PM »

I'm so sad for this little boy his is a cutie pie I hope he is found alive and soon.
I have said a prayer for him and his family
God bless them all
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« Reply #72 on: January 12, 2009, 03:20:45 PM »

I hope this little boy is found safe. God bless his family.
 
And Rob...Thanks for all the work you did.You truly are one of the Good Guys. 
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« Reply #73 on: January 12, 2009, 04:05:28 PM »

Adji and his family are in my prayers.  I pray that this sweet boy is returned home safely to his family.   

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« Reply #74 on: January 12, 2009, 04:07:59 PM »

Missing 6-year-old's grandmother says boy may hide from searchers

Originally published 2:04 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2009
Updated 3:34 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2009
IMMOKALEE — Jesula Thebaud looks through her purse.

She brings out two passports - one of her and another of a smiling little boy.

She chokes back tears as she looks at the photo.

The little boy, six-year-old Adji Desir, is her missing grandson.

In Thebaud's small bungalow in the Farm Worker Village, the living room is dark and stifling hot. The windows closed so that the 54-year-old woman and her daughter can cry with friends and family who have stopped by.

Outside, police search for Adji, who disappeared Saturday evening.

They have even started making specific visits to known criminals.

"We’ve been physically knocking on doors of registered sex offenders in the Immokalee area," Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said. "We’ve been interviewing them; asking them about their whereabouts."


The Sheriff's Office is inviting the community to assist law enforcement in the search for 6-year-old Adji Desir of Immokalee.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 12, deputies will be at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St., handing out fliers to members of the public to distribute.

Deputies will return to the park at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to once again pass out fliers.

Anyone interested in distributing fliers is asked to bring identification with them and they will receive fliers to hand out.

The boy spent most of Saturday with his grandmother, who lives in the community a few blocks away from Adji's parents house.She has said Adji came in and out of her house several times, playing with neighborhood friends and eating lunch with her.

It wasn't until Adji's stepfather arrived to pick him up around 5 p.m. Saturday, that the family realized he was missing.

Complicating the matter is that Adji, who has developmental disabilities and the mind of a two-year-old, has a limited vocabulary and is non-verbal. He knows his name, but cannot say it. Sheriff officials have also said the boy may hide from searchers and, while he may understand he is lost, he might not approach a stranger to say he is lost.

Sitting in Thebaud's living room Monday afternoon, Adji's mother Maria Neida said she has received no new information about her missing son.

"It's hard. It's very hard," she said.

Neida said the family is hoping the police find her son. She said her son is a good boy who likes juice and cookies.

"He's always playing," she said. "He's always riding bicycles or playing football."

As Neida talks about Adji, Thebaud begins to wail, throwing her arms up in the air. Her anguished cries, asking for the gods to help her, bring tears to the other women's eyes in the room.

The outburst was too much for Neida, who retreats into the back of the home. A toy fire engine sits on the floor in the doorway of one of the bedrooms.

"He is a good boy. He is happy," said Patricia Belizaire, a family friend.

As the family grieves inside, officers walk through the woods behind the broken chain link fence behind the home, hoping for a sign of the little boy.

About 150 law enforcement officers from nine different agencies are in the Farm Worker Village searching by foot, horseback, all-terrain vehicle and with dogs for Adji. The Collier County Sheriff's Office has expanded the search from four square miles Sunday to 8 miles Monday.

Anyone with information on Adji's whereabouts is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at (239) 774-4434.

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/jan/12/missing-6-year-olds-grandmother-says-boy-may-hide-/
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« Reply #75 on: January 12, 2009, 04:27:46 PM »

I am praying that God watches over Adji and brings him home safely.  The family and searchers are in my prayers too.
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« Reply #76 on: January 12, 2009, 04:52:35 PM »

My husband has returned today from an uneventfull day searching for Adji.  He said the terrain they were searching through was less than friendly.  He noted that he, a grown man, would not ever wish to be in that sort of crud let alone a small child.  He said that he heard other searchers with LE mention that they are keeping the search radius small due to the fact that the child was small and not functioning on an average 6y/o mentallity, they do not think that IF he wandered away from home that he would have made it very far given the elements.

From what I was told by my father, in response to Rob's posts, they are very well aware of all the sex offenders within the area along with other criminals, they have searched homes of known offenders as well as the homes of Adji's friends. 

I just read BleachedBlacks post of the article from our newspapers front page, and she too highlighted the information about LE checking in with the known offenders, I just wanted to reitterate that they started doing that Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Another problem that my father says they are running into is the time its taking to get a hold of some of the individuals in these homes.  Many are illegal immigrants, and rather than open the door they hide, and rather than speak with police they run.  This causes suspicion and time on the LE's part to try to get through to those individuals that this search is about Adji and NOT about ICE.
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« Reply #77 on: January 12, 2009, 05:40:43 PM »

I am still praying for this little guy.  This is a horrible story and I just pray for his family as they are gowing through this.  Thanks for keeping us informed Dolce.
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« Reply #78 on: January 12, 2009, 07:54:10 PM »

Sheriff's Office to discuss missing child case on CNN tonight
By Naples Daily News staff report
5:39 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2009


News of the missing boy in Immokalee will reach a national audience Monday night.

Lt. Tom Smith, one of the lead Collier County Sheriff's Office investigators in the search for 6-year-old Adji Desir, is scheduled to be a featured guest on Nancy Grace's live show on CNN sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.

Smith plans on discussing the ongoing search for the boy, who is developmentally disabled and functions on a 2-year-old level. Authorities have been searching for Adji since he went missing Saturday evening in the Farm Worker Village in Immokalee.

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« Reply #79 on: January 12, 2009, 07:54:48 PM »

Well, I am hoping for good news tomorrow for this cutie!!  Saying many prayers for him and his family, they really look distraught with him missing. 
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