AMANDA ADLAI – FAMILY ABDUCTION December 26, 2008 – USMCC000173LTWH – UPDATED 05.29.2013
Date of Birth: September 3, 2001
Height: 3’8” Weight: 50 lbs
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
Missing: December 26, 2008 From: West Bloomfield, MI
Amanda was abducted by her father, Victor Adlai on December 26, 2008. An FBI Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was issued for Victor on February 24, 2009.
Amanda’s parents were married for 15 years before their divorce in 2008. They initially shared joint custody, however Amanda’s mother, Eugenia Adlai, has since obtained sole legal and physical custody of Amanda.
After her abduction, Amanda called her mother once, on December 29, 2008, to let her know that she and her father were in Moscow, Russia. Adlai, a former anesthesiologist in the US, also sent several emails from Moscow on January 9, 2009. One of these emails was sent to the hospital where he worked at the time, saying he was quitting his job, after not returning to work on January 5, 2009 from a vacation as was expected. However all communication has since ceased and Amanda’s whereabouts remain unknown.
As an international parental abduction, this is one of the worst situations possible in trying to have Amanda returned home to her mother in the Unites States. Russia is not a signatory to the international civil agreement on child abductions, The Hague Convention. The principle objective of the Convention is to protect children under 16 years of age from cross-border abductions and wrongful retentions by providing a procedure designed to bring about the prompt return of abducted children to their state of habitual residence. The return order is designed to restore the status quo which existed before the wrongful removal or protection, and to deprive the wrongful parent of any advantage that might otherwise be gained by the abduction. A return order is not a custody determination. It is simply an order that the child be returned to the jurisdiction which is most appropriate to determine custody and access. It is clearly stated that a return decision is not a decision on the merits of any custody issue. The Convention makes international parental abduction more manageable, especially when implemented in countries such as Russia. Under Russian law, a Russian parent can legally prevent their child from leaving Russia before their 18th birthday, even if the child is taken to or retained within Russia in breach of a previous existing custodial arrangement from a foreign family court resulting in one parent being denied access to the child. Dually, the United States has no applicable extradition treaty with Russia, so charges are filed against abductors such as Adlai, so they can be arrested if they return to the country where the abduction occurred.
Essentially what it boils down to is that under Russian law, Adlai has not committed a crime. Under American law, he has committed a crime. Authorities have essentially hit a wall. There is nothing that can be done until Adlai returns to the United States or Amanda turns 18. It is heart breaking and exceptionally frustrating. It is my hope that we as an organization can really raise awareness of situations such as these. Surely this is not the best we can do for children such as Amanda. We need to arm people with the correct information, and work to develop relationships with countries such as Russia where both countries laws are respected and enforced, especially the laws involving children. We need to eliminate the ability for an abductor to hide behind another country’s laws. We will not stop until every child like Amanda Adlai has been brought home, and their abductors have seen justice.
Date of Birth: January 3, 1970
Height: 5’10” Weight: 170 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Amanda Adlai, please immediately contact the FBI (Detroit, MI) at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: