Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Isaac and Rebecca were allegedly abducted by their mother, Noriko Esaki Savoie. A felony warrant for Parental Kidnapping was issued for the abductor on August 17, 2009. They are believed to have left the country and traveled to Japan.
Their parents were married in 1995 and seperated in 2007. Their father, Christopher Savoie, returned to the United States and Noriko did as well; they divorced there but did not obtain a divorce in Japan. Christopher is a citizen of Japan as well as the United States and Noriko is a Japanese citizen with permanant residence status in the United States. Both agreed to a custody agreement that kept the children's residence in Tennessee and gave joint custody with Noriko allowed to bring the children to Japan for six weeks every year. When the custody agreement was finalized Noriko began to talk about moving back to Japan. Christopher filed a restraining order so she could not take the children to Japan, but the judge in the case let her go there on her word she would return. She returned with the children after a trip, but she had also enrolled both of them in Japanese schools, shipped all her belongings to Japan, and transfered her money to Japanese bank accounts. On the above date, she took the two of them to Japan. Christopher learned this when he discovered neither child had attended school at the start of the 2009 school year. He was awarded sole custody in her absence. A felony warrant for parental kidnapping was issued for her on August 17, 2009, but the order could not be applied while she was in Japan, as parental kidnapping is not a crime there. They are still believed to be in rural Yanagawa, Japan with their mother and her extended family.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Franklin Police Department (Tennessee)
National Center Missing & Exploited Children