The mothers of three boys who were allegedly abducted by their Westchester fathers pleaded to their former husbands at a news conference to return their sons to them.
Zarouhi Meguerian, mother of Alexander Silah, 12, and Zaven Silah, eight; and Christine Jeanbart, mother of Greg Silah, nine, were visibly distraught as they sent a message to the boys at a conference at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Station in Del Rey Wednesday, August 6th.
The mothers, who have custody of the children, both said they love and miss the boys, asked them to pray and take care of each other and pledged that they would be together again soon.
“I miss you guys so much,” Meguerian told her sons. “Please be strong. Don’t be afraid. We are all looking for you.”
“I’m going to find you and bring you back home,” Jeanbart said to her son.
The women urged John Silah, 47, father of Greg; and George Silah, 46, father of Alexander and Zaven, to “do the right thing” and either return the boys to them or take them to a safe place, such as a hospital, church or fire station.
Police are asking for the public’s and media agencies’ help in locating the three boys. The mothers say they have not had contact with their sons since the boys went to visit their fathers, who lived together in the 7300 block of 81st Street in Westchester, early last month.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has issued felony arrest warrants for John and George Silah on three counts each of child abduction, said Ronald Brot, the attorney representing the mothers. A $500,000 bond has been set for each of the fathers, Brot said.
LAPD Pacific Lt. Richard Mossler said police are still unsure of the whereabouts of the Silah fathers and children, and they are not certain if they have left the country. John Silah has threatened to take his son to his home country Syria in the past, police said.
“The goal is clearly to get the children back and reunited with their mothers,” Mossler said.
Meguerian and Jeanbart say they fear that their sons’ lives may be in danger after discovering voice mail messages left for the fathers that threatened George and John Silah would be tortured and killed.
Police believe the Silahs may be traveling in a 2008 silver Infiniti G35 sedan that was reported stolen, with the California license plate number 6DZS016.
Authorities are asking anyone with any information related to this case to contact LAPD Pacific detectives at (310) 482-6313, or (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL).
A Web site has also been set up with information on the case at www.findthesilahchildren.com/.