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Isabel and her brother, Gabriel, disappeared from Culpeper, Virginia on January 18, 2011. They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Maria Rivera-Estevez. A photograph and vital statistics for Maria are posted below this case summary. She took the children to the Dominican Republic without the permission of their father, Robert Makielski. They were in the middle of a divorce at the time. Robert stated he attempted to resolve the problem through mediation, but Maria didn't respond to his overtures. In February, Robert filed for his children's return to the United States under the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. That same month, a warrant was issued for Estevez's arrest for custody violation.
Maria applied for divorce and custody of Gabriel and Isabel in the Dominican Republic, and Robert hired a Dominican lawyer to get the divorce case dismissed and represent him in the custody hearing. He said he was afraid to physically attend the hearing because he'd been threatened, and the Dominican court judge refused to let him attend via video conference. The Dominican court refused to return the children to Robert's care, because Maria alleged he'd abused them; Robert claims the judge committed numerous violations of the Hague Treaty.
In December 2012, the Culpeper County Circuit Court in Virginia granted sole physical and legal custody of Isabel and Gabriel to their father. There is also a felony warrant on file for Maria. The custody ruling and the warrant are unenforceable, however, as long as the children and their mother remain in the Dominican Republic.
Robert hasn't seen his children or had contact with them since their mother abducted them. They were last known to be living in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Their cases remain unsolved.
Date of Birth: May 18, 1969
Age at disappearance: 31 years old
Weight and Height: 5'4, 125 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes.
Culpeper County Sheriff's Office