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A U.S. Navy Sailor on Active Duty Left His Hawaii Home with His Sons in 2002. They Haven't Been Seen Since.

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Jul. 12 2024, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A Navy sailor and his two sons left their home in Hawaii over 20 years ago and haven’t been seen since.

Family and investigators still hope to this day to solve what happened to the father and his boys.

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Victorio Santiago and his children, Daniel and Noel, went missing on July 12, 2002, according to NCIS and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Victorio was an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy and the family lived in Hawaii.

The family was seen leaving their home in Honolulu, and investigators say they may be in the area or may have traveled to the Philippines.

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Victorio was estranged from his wife at the time he went missing, according to KHON. He was living at a Pearl Harbor barracks while his kids were living with his wife at a different location.

“According to the person who told me what had happened, my brother had some flowers to try to convince the wife to patch things up and resolve this thing so they can get together as a family,” Gilbert Santiago, Victorio's brother, told KHON in 2017. “And they got into an argument, and according to the cops he beat her and fled with the two kids. And that’s it, no more."

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Honolulu police and Navy investigators searched for the family but so far have come up empty. Police told Hawaii News Now that Victorio wrote several disturbing letters before his disappearance and apologized for what he would do.

Years later, Gilbert Santiago told HawaiiNewsNow that the family wasn’t giving up. He said he hoped one day the boys — who were 11 and 7 years old when they went missing — would show up at his front door.

"Every time we have some family occasions, that's when we think about them, and even every day," Gilbert Santiago said in 2007.

Through the years, Gilbert Santiago has said not knowing what happened remained difficult.

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“It’s always hard because we don’t know," he once told KHON. "There’s no closure on this situation. It can be sad if I know they’re gone completely, but at least I know there’s some closure already. But now that we’re in limbo we don’t know."

Anyone with information on the family’s disappearance is asked to contact law enforcement.

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Source: Unsplash; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
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