Marcus Antonio Farina

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Left: Marcus, circa 1991
Right: Marcus in 2012
(over twenty years after his abduction)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 6, 1991 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: January 14, 1991
  • Age: 9 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'6, 22 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown to blond hair, blue eyes. Marcus has a dimple on his right cheek. His hair may be dyed black or brown and his eyes may have darkened as he grew older. He is probably small for his age.
  • Medical Conditions: Marcus has problems with his thyroid and pituitary glands and may be in need of medical attention.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Marcus was abducted by his non-custodial father, Sergio Farina, from his Los Angeles, California home on December 6, 1991. Photographs and vital statistics for Sergio are posted below this case summary. He picked up Marcus up from the home of the baby's mother, his estranged wife, ostensibly to take the child to the pediatrician. When Sergio did not return with Marcus, the baby's mother went to Sergio's apartment. She found all the rooms empty and the message, "Ha! Ha! Ha! You’ll never find us. Merry Christmas!" written on a note which was stuck to a mirror.

    The state of California issued a warrant for Sergio's arrest for kidnapping charges on December 12, 1991, six days after he and Marcus disappeared. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for Sergio on October 27, 1993, almost two years after he abducted his son. Marcus and Sergio may be in South America, possibly Uruguay or Brazil, or they may be in Aquila, a city in the province of Abruzzo in west central Italy. The child's case is unsolved.

    Some agencies state that Marcus disappeared from Hollywood, California.

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    Sergio Farina
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    Left: Sergio, circa 1991;
    Right: Age-progression to age 42 (circa 1999)

    Date of Birth: December 14, 1957
    Age: 33 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'10 - 5'11, 165 - 185 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sergio is a Uruguayan national. He may use the alias last names Salerno and/or Silva and/or the alias Pedro Bispo. Sergio is balding. He has a college degree in astonomy but has pursued various occupations, including acting and trading in precious gems. Sergio enjoys exotic plants. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles District Attorney's Office
    213-974-7424

    OR
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-485-4302

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Los Angeles District Attorney's Office
    California Attorney General's Office
    International Broadcasting Bureau
    Child Watch

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 14, 2012; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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