When Children of the Underground children like Zachary Smith and Chelsea Smith surface as young adults, it brings new hope for other cases. For example Dorothy Barnett or her child Savannah Todd have never surfaced. In 1994, they allegedly boarded Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground Group or Cult. If you have seen Dorothy Barnett or Savannah Todd, please contact your local law enforcement or the FBI. Both are probably living abroad as EXPATs.
Above: Savannah Todd in 1994 (left) and an age-progressed image to 16, circa 2009 (right)
Savannah Catherine Todd
Last seen in Isle of Palms, South Carolina on April 24, 1994
Vital statistics: White female. Born on May 6, 1993. Light sandy brown hair, hazel eyes. She has a small birthmark near her navel. She may be known by the alias “Savannah Lee Barnett.” Was eight months at the time.
NCIC number: M-825584902
Circumstances: She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Dorothy Lee Barnett. A photo and vital statistics for her are posted below. Savannah’s father, Harris Todd, has custody of her. He won this after a long court battle with his ex-wife. Harris claims that she exhibited behaviors of manic-depression during this time. She has also been violent with Harris and a puppy they owned. A joint custody agreement was offered by Harris’ lawyers, but rejected because it included a stipulation that Barnett get treatment. Todd was abducted during a supervised visitation. The supervisor was a friend of the mother and allowed her to take Savannah to a birthday party, where upon she fled. A FBI warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued for her on April 28, 1994. They may be in Richardson or Houston, Texas, or have left the country and traveled to Belize, Australia, Switzerland, or in Latin America or Africa. Her family maintains a home in Belize. It is also possible they are in Ciudad Mante, Municipio de Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has been sighted many times, but always without a child. The group Children of the Underground, a group that claims to offer assistance to women and children supposedly seeking to hide from abusive spouses and fathers, claims to know Barnett and Todd’s whereabouts. However, since Harris would not agree to an agreement that gave Barnett full custody of the child, they took back the offer. It is interesting to note that no abuse claims were ever made in Savannah’s case – neither the mother or father claimed she was being abused. The leader of the group, Faye Yager, claimed Harris was homosexual. He denies this and it is also interesting to note Yager has hidden women who have supposedly been denied custody because they are lesbians. Yager also has stated on previous occasions that she only hides women who have evidence of abuse, but also she can tell “at a glance” if the woman is telling the truth. Harris continues to search for his daughter.
Above: Dorothy Barnett in 1994 (left) and an age-progressed image to 49, circa 2009 (right)
Vital statistics: White female. Born on May 27, 1960. Blond hair, blue eyes. She has a scar from a Cesarean section on her abdomen and her ears are pierced. She may be going by the aliases of “Lee Barnett” or “Lee Barnett Todd.” She is described as talkative and outgoing and she enjoys going to expensive bars, yacht clubs and tennis clubs. She has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. She may be working in the airline industry as a flight attendant. She is also known to abuse alcohol and have frequent affairs with men. Was thirty-four at the time.
If you have any information as to Savannah’s whereabouts, please contact Isle Of Palms Police Department, Corporal Caldwell, at 843-886-6522. Any information received can be kept confidential.