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
Height: 3'0" - 3'4"
Weight: 38 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Race: White/Saudi Arabian
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
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.
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.
Abductor: Abdulbaset A. M. Al-Omary
Date Of Birth: April 6, 1968
Weight: 230 -240 lbs..
Hair Color: Black, curly
Eye Color: Brown
Race: Saudi Arabian
Distinguishing Characteristics: Heavy, muscular build.
May have a full beard and moustache. May wear his hair
Long fingers that curve outward at the tips.
usually the type that darken indoors.
Speaks Arabic and English with a thick
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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Jonesboro Police Department
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Polly Klaas Foundation
Missing -- Heidi Al-Omary
The Garden of Missing Children