It was November 24, 1997 when five-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg disappeared from her crib. Her mother, Marlene, said that when she went to check on Sabrina the next morning, the baby was gone along with her yellow blanket…
Marlene’s husband Steven immediately called 911 while she frantically ran from door to door, asking neighbors if they’d seen her child.
|While under investigation for the disappearance of their daughter, the Aisenbergs have created age progression photos of Sabrina, who would now be 12, in hopes of tracking her down.
But it was the Aisenbergs themselves that became the prime suspects in their daughter’s missing person’s case. By 1999, federal prosecutors in Florida filed charges against Marlene and Steve for conspiracy and false statements. Their case was built on evidence that the authorities had collected from wire taps they’d placed on the Aisenberg’s phones.
However, by 2001, the case was dismissed. A federal judge accused detectives of lying about their case and ordered that they throw out all evidence culled from the bugs.
For the next seven years, the Aisenbergs continued to search for their daughter. They appeared on national television, urging the public to help find Sabrina, who they were sure was still alive. In 2003, the couple also filed a suit against federal prosecutors and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department for “malicious prosecution.” A federal judge ordered the case be thrown out, claiming that the feds could not be sued. Shortly thereafter, the Aisenbergs also dismissed their suit against Hillsborough.
That same year, the Aisenbergs also earned headlines when a young girl was found in Illinois who matched the description of Sabrina. However, DNA tests later proved that she was not their child.
Still, authorities have not given up their efforts to prove that the Aisenbergs are in fact Sabrina’s real abductors.
Last year, investigators began questioning the couple once again after they received a new lead in the case. Apparently, Hillsborough police got a tip from a “credible” jail informant who claimed that the Aisenbergs agreed to sell him their boat if he agreed to dispose of Sabrina’s body at sea.
Police refuse to comment on the lead and have yet to release the informant’s name or file any charges in the case.
The Aisenbergs continue to maintain their innocence and believe that Sabrina is now being raised by another family that so desperately wanted a child of their own, that they were willing to steal theirs.