EMILY KOYAMA – FAMILY ABDUCTION February 2, 2009 – USMCC000332LTWH – UPDATED 07.22.2013

EMILY KOYAMA

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Emily Koyama

Emily Koyama

Emily Koyama

Emily Koyama Post Abduction 2012

Emily Koyama Post Abduction 2012

Date of Birth: July 5, 2008

Biracial (Asian/White) Female

Height: —     Weight: 20 lbs

Hair: Blonde     Eyes: Blue

Missing: February 2, 2009     From: Springfield, MO

Distinguishing Features:  Birthmarks on her upper lip and the back of her head.

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Emily was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Trina Atwell-Chavarria.  A felony warrant was issued for kidnapping for Trina on February 13, 2009.

Emily and Roy Koyama

Emily and Roy Koyama

Emily’s father, Roy Koyama, was engaged to be married to Trina.  The wedding was set for August.  The couple planned to move into a new home on February 7.  Roy has two other children from a previous marriage in addition to Emily, and Trina has another daughter.  Roy stated he met Trina in 2007 and she moved into his apartment, but they decided to break up after she’d been living with him only a few weeks.  Roy said Trina then announced her pregnancy, and he decided to marry her to provide a stable home environment for the children.  He stated in October 2008, Trina had him sign a consent form so Emily could get a passport for an upcoming family reunion in Costa Rica, where Trina is from.  The family reunion never happened.  Roy came home from work on February 2, and found his fiancée and baby gone with most of their belongings.  Trina left behind a note accusing Roy of abusing her, an allegation he denies.

Trina claims she took Emily because she was concerned for the baby’s safety.  She stated Roy was a physically and emotionally abusive partner as well as a drug addict.  She claims she got two orders of protection against him, but he violated the orders and remained in contact with her.

Emily Koyama

Emily Koyama

Authorities have determined that Emily is in Costa Rica with her mother.  At the time of the abduction, Trina was still legally married to another man who resides in that country.  Roy worked through legal channels trying to force Emily’s return to the United States.  A Costa Rican court was supposed to settle the matter in January 2010 and Roy traveled there to attend it, but the hearing was postponed to February.  Roy was able to see his daughter once in January before he returned to the United States.

Emily’s kidnapping has become a controversial case in both Costa Rica and the US.  The eyes of many are waiting to see what the final result will be, and whether Emily’s kidnapping will ever be rectified. One complication arising is the reconciliation of Atwell and her Cost Rican husband, Henner Chavarria.

Immediately following Emily’s abduction, Atwell claimed to be a victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse at the hands of Koyama.  Atwell claims Koyama has a long history of drug addiction and criminal convictions for violence.  Koyama has been candid about his past, especially regarding a conviction for assault in 1992 as a result of a fight with another man.  He vigorously denies ever being violent with Atwell, nor being a drug addict or child molester.  Personally, I believe everything this father is saying, let’s not forget the rulings by the Missouri court in his favor, which also issued a warrant for the arrest of Atwell on International Kidnapping Charges.

A letter Emily's brothers wrote to her not long after her abduction.

A letter Emily’s brothers wrote to her not long after her abduction.

Koyama requested the return of Emily under The Hague Convention, which was approved in August 2009, only demonstrating the delays left behind parents deal with.  The Missouri court granted full custody to Koyama, rejecting Atwell’s claims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and drug abuse.  In December 2010, Koyama won the Hague Convention proceedings in Costa Rican courts.  Atwell’s claims of violence and abuse were dismissed for the second time, in a second country.  Koyama began preparing to bring his little girl back home after 2 years shortly before Christmas.  Two years in which Emily now speaks Spanish as her native language and calls Atwell’s Costa Rican husband daddy.  However the nightmare was still not over.  Emily did not return home.  At the end of January in 2011, a Costa Rican judge ordered Emily to be taken into protective foster care and returned to the United States, over the appeals of Atwell who claimed Emily did not know her father and only spoke Spanish.

Atwell solicited the support of the Defensoria de los Habitantes in Costa Rica, an independent non-governmental organization which supports the rights of women.  On Atwell’s behalf, the Defensoria filed two writs of habeas corpus, the first of which was to deny the return of Emily as unconstitutional.  That issue was determined in San Jose February 11, 2011, the decision confirmed the return order.  However, Emily was also ordered released from foster care and her repatriation to America halted until the second claim for refugee status was heard.  Emily was released immediately back into the care of Atwell and her husband, while the refugee claim could take years to finally decide.  Prior to the refugee filing, Atwell publicly claimed she was returning voluntarily to the US, which raises the important question, just how frightened a refugee is Atwell if she was voluntarily prepared to return back to the US?  Meanwhile, Emily remains in Costa Rica.

Consequently, and rightfully, this case is creating a degree of controversy in Costa Rica, as the country is concerned over its reputation for being considered a haven for international child kidnappers.  Admist mounting frustration at the legal processes in Costa Rica, and the history of dozens of children never being rightfully returned to their country of residence after an abduction to Costa Rica, Roy Koyama now asks whether the US government will consider suspending trade and aid with Costa Rica.  A similar move made against Brazil in 2009 by Senator Frank Lautenberg vetoed a trade deal with Brazil worth $2.75 billion … and 48 hours later, Sean Goldman was on a plane back to New Jersey.  Sure sounds like a hell of a good idea to me, and it wouldn’t come a moment too soon.

In the mean time, Emily is kept away from her father, and justice remains to be served.

Please take a moment to watch this video for Emily on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJahfZFP9C8

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Trina Atwell-Chavarria

Trina Atwell-Chavarria

Trina Atwell-Chavarria

Date of Birth: March 2, 1979

White Female

Height: 5’2”     Weight: 125 lbs

Hair: Blonde     Eyes: Blue

Distinguishing Features:  A portion of her hair is dyed darker than her natural color.  Tattoo on her lower back.

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Emily Koyama, please immediately contact the Green County Sheriff’s Office at:

1-417-874-1212

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on December 24, 2011.

3 Responses to “EMILY KOYAMA – FAMILY ABDUCTION February 2, 2009 – USMCC000332LTWH – UPDATED 07.22.2013”

  1. Emily is now found safe

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