Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Oscar and Samuel were last seen on January 8, 2009. They were last known to be travelling from El Salvador to Green Brook, New Jersey. Oscar and Samuel Garcia-Calles were born and raised in El Salvador and had been living with an aunt while their mother was in the United States on a work visa. Their mother would regularly send money to support her sons, hoping one day they would come to live with her in New Jersey. While apart, they remained in constant contact through telephone and e-mail conversations.
On August 18th 2008, that communication stopped when Oscar and Samuelís aunt contacted their mother concerned, believing the two boys had run away. The brothers were reported missing in El Salvador and an investigation began, however they were never found.
Nearly six months later on January 7th 2009, the childrenís mother received a ransom call from an unknown male requesting payment for the illegal transportation of Oscar and Samuel from Mexico to the United States. For three days, the unknown male continued to call and demand more money from their mother, who each time agreed to the strangerís demands. On January 9th 2009, after wiring large sums of money, their mother insisted that she be allowed to speak to her sons. The caller became agitated and refused, calling the deal off. That phone call was the last time she heard anything from the man who claimed to have Oscar and Samuel.
Investigation has led authorities to believe that Oscar and Samuel had arranged for someone to transport them into the United States so they could be with their mother. At this time, it is unknown if the brothers ever made it to Mexico or the United States. No theories have been ruled out at this time, including the possibility that the unknown male who demanded money from their mother is involved in their disappearance. Neither Oscar nor Samuel has their birth certificate or passport with them. They may be in possession of their school identification cards. Both children have close relationships with their mother and it is very unusual to be out of touch for this long.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (Somerset)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children