Kidnapped in 1985, now she is looking for her family

Here is the story of Alessia, kidnapped in 1985 at the age of 2 and a half. She is looking for her family and if anyone recognizes her story please contact by writing to Italian Missing Children.

Birth date: March 1985
Age I went missing: 2.5 years old/ now aged 36 years old
Now safe and living in Sydney, Australia
Kidnapped/ trafficked to the United Kingdom as a child.

Identifiers: I was wearing a butterfly ring, and a silver crucifix communion necklace, with a letter A on it.
I was wearing a pink t- shirt with a kitten on it, and pink pants.

My name is Alessia,

I was kidnapped as a child, and taken to the United Kingdom by three men.
I was given to a man, who didn’t want children, and he gave me to his wife’s brother.
Most of the children I was kept with for a few years, sadly passed away, having not been sold.
However the wife of the man, who was trafficking the children, decided she wanted to bring me up with her own daughter.
So, they dyed my hair blonde and changed my name. I was kept captive in their home and
was homeschooled.
I was, however, allowed to attend school, occasionally, horse ride and go on family holidays.
At age 16, I wanted to move in with a boyfriend, i met working in at italian restaurant in England, and the mans wife said I could leave the house.
Later his wife decided I should do my high school exams and see if I could get into University.
I passed my University degree in 2010 in Business Management and met my husband, (a training doctor), who I later married and moved to Australia with in 2013..
We later divorced and I am now single, living in Sydney Australia, working in Customer
I was recently looking into the prospect of meeting, a new partner ,to start a family with. So I guess, this is where my journey to find the grandparents to my future children begins..

If you know someone, who’s daughter (a single child) went missing in the year of 1987, when she was around 2 years old with the name Alessia (Lessi) please get in contact!

I used to always say, where I used to live all of the houses were different colours, I wouldn’t really eat any other food apart from tomato pasta and bananas!
I think my mothers name was Maria, and she must have been very religious, because even at 2yrs old, I used to pray daily, even in captivity.

I hope to hear from you soon..
Alessia xx

What is meant by Age Progression?

The aging process of a face on a photo does not simply occur by adding wrinkles.
The in-depth knowledge of Forensic Anthropologists and Forensic Artists regarding the components of the human face allows to make an accurate estimate of what could be the aspect of the individual in question with the passing of the years.
Although the bone structure remains almost unchanged, the physiognomic elements undergo modifications that lead them to create a similar but at the same time different appearance of a face at different ages.
Generally it is to be considered that there is a good part of cartilage and collagen in the human face, the resistance of which decreases with the years.
Collagen is the element that allows young skin to have a firm and well-relaxed appearance, free of wrinkles.
Over the years, the collagen texture loses elasticity, progressively suffering more and more from the effect of gravity. This is not only the cause of the birth of wrinkles but also causes the lengthening of the ears and nose. These two physiognomic elements maintain their morphology but vary in size.
During the first years of growth, up to about 20 years of age, one cannot speak of the birth of wrinkles or loss of elasticity of the skin. The changes that the face undergoes during these years are more related to genetic factors and to the growth. To be clearer, during the aging processing of a photo of a missing child much attention is given to the similarity of the individual facial components with those of the closest family members.
When Forensic Anthropologists and Forensic Artists accept an assignment for the realization of age progression, they need photos of the parents, brothers and / or sisters of the deceased at different ages. There is a very specific reason why this request is made. Although each individual is unique in his general appearance, the details of his face denote affinity with his closest relatives.
In order to have the possibility of achieving accurate aging, the Forensic Artist or the Forensic Anthropologist must have the possibility to study which elements of the missing child’s face are similar to members of his family.
An example can make it all clearer!
Let’s take the case of having a photo of a 4-year-old boy and of having to achieve aging 10 years after his disappearance. To make age progression I have to speculate how the face of a 4 year old boy may have turned into the face of a 14 year old boy.
From the study of the photo of the missing child we can observe the similarity, for example, between the shape of his eyes and that of the mother’s eyes. Having the photo of the mother at the age of 14 will allow you to know how that particular shape of eyes looks like at the age of 14. Thus, in the reconstruction of aging it is possible to insert eyes similar to what is likely to be the morphology of the missing boy’s eyes.
This method is repeated for each element of the face up to build a sort of puzzle that represents an allegedly accurate version of the real current appearance of the missing person.
Why don’t we talk about 100% identical features in the result of the age progression process?
The reality is that there is always room for error. For example, we cannot know if the missing child, during his life away from the family, has suffered trauma or has gained weight or lost weight.
Just imagine how a face can change if you break your nose. Sometimes, at first glance, it may seem to be looking at another person. Looking more carefully, however, one realizes that there are recognizable elements, similarities and affinities. It is obvious that the aim is to create an age progression as close as possible to the real aspect.
It is also true that, in some cases in which it is not possible to reach a result very close to reality, the outcome of the aging technique still has a profound utility. For example, when you don’t have many photos of family members, there is a greater approximation of the outcome. This is because in such cases for the realization of age progression we rely exclusively on the hypothesis of evolution of the morphology of the facial elements, without familiar references.
However, the result will still be useful as it can give us an idea of how the child’s face has evolved over the years. It is a potentially less accurate indication than an age progression made with the reference photos of family members but in any case it is helpful in circumscribing the area in which our memory can work.
For this reason every Forensic Artist or Anthropologist who is about to achieve an age progression, therefore has good reasons to request photographs of the families of the missing children. The more information you can gather, the easier it will be to achieve an aging faithful to the real features of the missing child and the better the chances of finding him and bringing him home safely.