Where is Dorothy Barnett and Savannah Todd?

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.

Reference:
Forthelost.org

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14 Responses to Where is Dorothy Barnett and Savannah Todd?

  1. forthelost says:

    The above is a copy of the case file at For the Lost (I appreciate you using it, but would like a link to credit.) http://www.forthelost.org/family/stodd.html

    My worst fear is that Savannah was killed by her mother, as she had a history of violence.

    • Celeste says:

      But there’s no evidence to the contrary that Savanna is deceased. I believe that Dorothy’s family could be helping her hide Savananna from her father.
      She did accuse Mr Todd of being a “homosexual” and he denies that.
      Haris Todd hasn’t been anything but a good father to Savanna and I believe him when he says that.

  2. Kitty lumps says:

    Richard Bruinsma 14th Nov 2013 6:00 AM Updated: 6:25 AM
    STORY TOOLS

    Use this content
    SAVANNA Geldenhuys held up a sign toward the court room dock: “I love you Mom”.

    She had finished the sign with a big bright-pink love heart.

    The anxious young woman relied on the support of a packed public gallery as her mother Dorothy Barnett faced a bail hearing in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in relation to kidnapping her daughter in the US 20 years ago.

    Savanna’s brother Sean was among those watching proceedings.

    Ms Barnett, 53, of Mountain Creek, was arrested last Tuesday, and is facing extradition to the US to face charges relating to false passports, dated mid-April 1994, and parental kidnapping, dated April 24, 1994.

    The charges relate to Savanna, who was a one-year-old baby at the time.

    Prosecutor Marc McKechnie, representing the Attorney-General and the US

    Government, suggested Ms Barnett was a flight risk and asked that bail be denied.

    Magistrate Annette Hennessy adjourned the bail hearing until next Thursday.

    The extradition hearings are expected to be held in February next year.

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  3. Lorene says:

    Makes me sick! She had a reason to take her daughter and we do not always know what goes on behind closed doors. And, imagine if you were fighting a person with unlimited financial resources. I have been there, and once you run out of money, the other party wins, regardless of the truth or the circumstances. i love how this article states, “She is also known to abuse alcohol and have frequent affairs with men.” Biased towards the mom, even on this piddly Internet site. What a shame she could not have got a fair chance at being a mother to her daughter without resorting to running off with her. BUT, good for her! The daughter had a normal upbringing and this entire fiasco needs to go away, quickly and quietly, and let the mum and daughter go back to their lives without that psychopath of a sperm donor! Personally, I hope this site gets xxxx for what they have posted about Lee.

    • underwatch says:

      Makes me sick! She had a reason to take her daughter and we do not always know what goes on behind closed doors. And, imagine if you were fighting a person with unlimited financial resources. I have been there, and once you run out of money, the other party wins, regardless of the truth or the circumstances. i love how this article states, “She is also known to abuse alcohol and have frequent affairs with men.” Biased towards the mom, even on this piddly Internet site. What a shame she could not have got a fair chance at being a mother to her daughter without resorting to running off with her. BUT, good for her!

      Lorene, it sounds like you are really angry about this situation but our position is that parental kidnapping or a family abduction is never a legal alternative. One parent can’t play Judge, Jury and Executioner of a custody dispute and kidnap their child for 19 years. As Americans, Australians or as human beings, we need a process to work these disputes out. In America, that’s our Family Court System. Unfortunately, when two people decide to bring a children(rem) into this World, they must think what’s in “the best interests of the child and not themselves. Research studies have concluded that parental kidnappers are narcissistic and think about themselves rather than their children. They usually have other mental health disorders. We see many high-profile Celebrity Custody Disputes in the news from Kim Bassinger/Alec Baldwin to Britney Spears/Kevin Federline. So I am wondering what makes Dorothy Lee Barnett and her situation so much different that these celebrities? Why did Dorothy Lee Barnett do what she did and now assert that she is the victim when she deprived the other parent of his custody rights for 19 years. Why couldn’t she let our court system work it out like it eventually does for most other members of society including our celebrities.

      The daughter had a normal upbringing and this entire fiasco needs to go away, quickly and quietly, and let the mum and daughter go back to their lives without that psychopath of a sperm donor! Personally, I hope this site gets xxxx for what they have posted about Lee.

      As a part of the Missing Children’s Community, I personally applaud the efforts of our United States Justice Department for moving forward with this case for the extradition of Dorothy Lee Barnett. They are sending a strong message to custodial-embattled parents that Parental Kidnapping and U.S. Passport Forgery are serious crimes that will be prosecuted. They are also sending a message to the legal community that the divorce industry doesn’t need a group of attorneys and child advocates encouraging these custodial-embattled parents to kidnap young children — a felony crime that would send them to prison for years. As many of us get older and eventually have grandchildren, it would be nice to know that our grandchildren’s rights are protected.

      Lorene, this is a Missing Children’s website. We advocate for the rights of Recovering Parents like the father in the Dorothy Lee Barnett Case. We also advocate for the “reunification” of the “Searching Parent” and the “Adult Child”.

      The Editor
      The Children of the Underground Watch

      • Finja says:

        To me, the most important thing is the well being of a child. In this case, having watched an interview Samantha gave, I’m impressed.

        None of us know which parent is telling the truth. We will probably be able to tell by Samantha’s actions in the near future when she gets to know her father. But whatever the case, it is obvious that Ms Barnett did a pretty good job raising her children.
        I wish all abductions would turn out that well.

        “Why couldn’t she let our court system work it out like it eventually does for most other members of society including our celebrities. ”

        Because if it is true what she said, her child would have been traumatized by then.

      • underwatch says:

        Finja,

        There is no parent that should selfishly put themselves and their own needs ahead of their childs. That’s what Dorothy Lee Barnett did. She is now having Bruce and Judy Michell beg for money for her like a welfare mom. It sounds like her own family isn’t going to put up the money for her legal defense. Normally these mothers like Dorothy claim they are indigent to get the taxpayers to fund their defense.

        You can’t have parents ignore custody orders and flee to other countries. One day you might have your own kids or grandchildren and realize the horrible emotional harm that this crime inflicts on innocent children.

        The Editor

    • Deborah W Halasz says:

      While Samantha/Savannah did have a normal upbringing, she suffered from depression for most of her adolescence. Who can know if this stemmed from the lack of her true father in her life?

  4. sarah smiley says:

    Editor she did not put her own selfish needs above her childs. As a mother I would do the exact same thing to protect my child and if you are a mother do not tell me you wouldn’t go to the ends of the earth to protect your child and if you do not you are not much of a mother.

    • underwatch says:

      Sarah,

      She did put her own selfish needs before her child? Would you sell illegal drugs to support your child? Would you lie on a college financial assistance form for your child? Would you falsely accuse your former spouse because you believed you were wronged by a judge’s court order? Sarah, most people like you will not commit these crimes because they realize they could be a better parent and role model for their child by not going to jail or prison. What child wants to have a mother that served time in jail? The perpetrators who commit this crime do so out of anger and revenge and not love for their child.

      The Editor

  5. Deborah W Halasz says:

    Editor,

    I think you did an excellent job on this article. We faced a similar scenario when my husband’s ex kidnapped his daughter and never allowed him to see her until she was 14, and that was only because we found her on facebook. In this case, the mother had the financial resources and had people lie on the stand. She won, and my husband was allowed limited visitation, but that wasn’t enough for this mother. She wanted my husband out of her life. We’ve discovered now the number of lies told to my stepdaughter to conceal her from her father, but thankfully, three years later, she is extremely grateful to have her father in her life.

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful reunification story of your husband, a recovering parent and his daughter. It’s great to hear that your parentally kidnapped step daughter was eventually able to understand the impact the parental kidnapping and alienation had on her. It’s no doubt that you and your husband provided a warm and loving family that helped her see which parents really cared about her best interests.

      This is really a great story. It’s too bad that there isn’t some type of support group where these young teens and young adults that were parentally kidnapped can help young adults like Savanna Todd.

      Thanks again Deborah. It’s stories like yours that help keep the hope alive for the thousands of searching parents. There’s also hope that sometime soon Samantha will reach out to Harris Todd, her biological father.

      The Editor

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