Real Names: Christopher Louis and Lisa Mae Zaharias
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Santa Ana, California
Date: November 20, 1987
Date of Birth: March 25, 1984 (Christopher); August 18, 1986 (Lisa)
Height: 3'0" (Christopher); 2'0" (Lisa)
Weight: 40 pounds (Christopher); 20 pounds (Lisa)
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. He had hearing problems at the time of his disappearance (Christopher); Caucasian female. Blond hair, blue eyes. (Lisa)
Details: Three-year-old Christopher and fifteen-month-old Lisa Zaharias were the children of Louis and Susan Zaharias. On November 20, 1987, Susan abducted the children from their home in Santa Ana, California. She and Louis had recently divorced after she became involved in heavy drugs. Her drug abuse led to serious financial problems for the family. Her family helped her abduct the children after they accused Louis of a variety of crimes. He was investigated and cleared of any wrongdoing. In 1988, a felony warrant was issued for Susan's arrest.
On the morning of the abduction, Susan attempted to assault Louis, but he left; she turned her anger toward his mother. She attacked her, pushed her down a flight of stairs, and then fled with the children. After leaving California, they arrived in a suburb of Oklahoma City. They were sighted there and were then taken to Detroit. They were placed on a plane but their destination was unknown. Since then, there have been confirmed sightings of them in Pennsylvania, Washington, New Jersey, and Michigan.
Louis believes that the children have no idea that they are considered missing. Christopher is now thirty-five and Lisa is thirty-two. They are believed to still be living with Susan.
Suspects: Susan Zaharias
Extra Notes: This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on July 15, 2016. The person interviewed in the video is Louis. The case was also profiled on the website of America’s Most Wanted and Missing.
- The Zaharias on Unsolved.com
- Find the Zaharias Kids website
- Help Find the Zaharias Children Facebook page
- Christopher and Lisa on The Charley Project
- The Zaharias Children on NCMEC
- OUR STORY: Christopher and Lisa Mae Zaharias
- Christopher and Lisa on For the Lost
- 25 Years Later, Family Still Searching For Missing Children
- Could grandmother’s death be the key to missing Zaharias children?