North American Missing Persons Network
 
Machael Heidi Al-Omary

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Above Images: Al-Omary, circa 1997 Right; AP to age 18


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 14, 1997 from Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 11, 1992
  • Age: 5
  • Height: 3'0" - 3'4"
  • Weight: 38 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White/Saudi Arabian
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Speaks fluent English
    and some Arabic. Mole on heel.
  • Clothing: Shorts and a sleeveless top.
  • AKA: "Heidi"; some sites spell her first name "Machel".
  • NCIC Number: M-049763976
  • Case Number: NCMC836567


  • Details of Disappearance
    Machael was abducted by her non-custodial father, Abdulbaset Ahmed Mohammed Al-Omary. Her mother, Margaret McClain, dropped her off for visitation with Abdulbaset on August 12, 1997. The next day, Abdulbaset told his wife, Machael's stepmother, that he was taking Machael to Memphis, Tennessee for the day.

    McClain claims to have received two telephone calls from Abdulbaset on August 14, the day he was supposed to return Machael. He told her that he and Machael were in Saudi Arabia and he would not return Machael until McClain agreed to drop all claims of child support against him and allow him to have full custody of the child. McClain was allowed to talk to her daughter for a few minutes.

    An International Parental Kidnapping warrant was issued for Abdulbaset on August 20, 1997. Machael and Abdulbaset are thought to be in Saudi Arabia. They may have also travelled to Sweden.

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    Abductor: Abdulbaset A. M. Al-Omary

  • Date Of Birth: April 6, 1968
  • Age: 29
  • Height:6'2"
  • Weight: 230 -240 lbs..
  • Hair Color: Black, curly
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Saudi Arabian
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Heavy, muscular build.
    May have a full beard and moustache. May wear his hair
    closely shaved. Long fingers that curve outward at the tips.
    Wears eyeglasses, usually the type that darken indoors.
    Speaks Arabic and English with a thick Arabic accent.
  • AKA: May use the first name "Abdul" and the last
    names "Al-Jawdat", "Omary", "Al-Hedaithy", "Al-Ghofaili".
  • Other: Very religious Muslim. Master's degree in
    Computer Science from Arkansas State University
    and may be working as a computer programmer, operator
    or instructor. Some teaching experience as a graduate
    assistant in mathematics. Enjoys archery. Violent
    temper, but appears mild-mannered. Has relatives in Jeddah
    and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


  • Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Jonesboro Police Department
    (870) 935-5562


    Source Information
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    Missing -- Heidi Al-Omary
    The Garden of Missing Children