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1/13/02 - INTERNATIONAL CRIME ALERT - AL-OMARY - 2003-01-13


On August 10th, 1997, Abdulbasset Al-Omary [ahb-dool-bah-set ahl-oh-mahr-ee] picked up his five-year-old daughter Heidi from his ex-wife Margaret McClain, who is the child's legal guardian. Under the court-ordered visitation arrangement, Al-Omary was required to return the child to her home in Jonesboro, Arkansas, by August 14th, 1997.

Instead, McClain received a call from Al-Omary informing her that he and the child were in Saudi Arabia. "I'm willing to make a deal," he said. "If you wish to have further communications with your darling daughter, you drop all charges of [non-payment of] child support and not bother me when I return here to the United States." McClain immediately informed authorities of her child's abduction.

An Arkansas warrant was issued for Al-Omary's arrest for felony custodial interference. A federal warrant charges him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Abdulbasset Al-Omary is an Arab male born on April 6th, 1968, in Saudi Arabia. He is one-meter eighty-seven centimeters tall and weighs one-hundred eight kilograms. He has black hair and brown eyes. Al-Omary wears a full beard. He speaks Arabic and English. He has a master's degree in computer science from Arkansas State University and may be working in this field. Al-Omary has relatives in Jeddah and Riyadh. He may travel to Sweden.

Machael Heidi Al-Omary was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on July 11th, 1992. She has black hair and brown eyes.

If you have information concerning Abdulbasset Al-Omary, or Machael Heidi Al-Omary, you should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678. The identity of informants will be kept strictly confidential.

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