SEAN HILLMAN – ENDANGERED MISSING July 5, 2008 – UPDATED 04.12.2013
Date of Birth: March 7, 2003
Biracial (White/Asian) Male
Height: 3’3” Weight: 50 lbs
Hair: Lt. Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: July 5, 2008 From: Seattle, WA
Alias Last Name: Ogawa
Sean’s parents, Carl Hillman and Mayumi Ogawa, married in 2000. Sean attended bilingual English and Japanese preschools, visited Japan and made many Japanese-American friends during his early childhood. After his parents divorced, they had a joint custody agreement where both of them were supposed to have equal access to their son.
Carl went on vacation with Sean, then dropped him off at Ogawa’s residence on July 5. They were supposed to visit Ogawa’s native Japan for a few weeks, visit her family, and return in time for Sean to start classes in a Japanese/English immersion program at the John Stanford International School. Ogawa promised to return her son on time and posted an $8,000.00 bond to guarantee this. She and Sean never returned to the United States however, they settled in Tokyo and Ogawa’s lawyer warned Carl no to contact them or he would be faced with charges of stalking. Carl has since been awarded sole custody of Sean and Ogawa was charged with felony first-degree custodial interference.
Carl has attempted through legal and diplomatic means to have Sean returned to his care, but the Japanese government usually doesn’t recognize American custodial decisions. He has had more success than most left behind parents however, when Ogawa asked a Japanese family court to name her Sean’s sole custodial parent, the judge refused and acknowledged Carl’s custodial rights. The court ruled that jurisdiction for determining Sean’s custody lay in the United States. Carl has also been permitted to visit his son in Japan a couple of times, but Sean has yet to be returned to the United States. He is an United States citizen and was born and raised in that country until his abduction.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Sean Hillman, please immediately contact the Seattle Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: