Cipra, is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, with a population of 850 000 citizens. It has always been considered, as one of the safest countries, with low rate of crime. Citizens feel secure to open their doors to a stranger, to walk alone during night, to allow their children to play without their supervision at the neighborhood park.
Schools are considered safe places and during school time no criminal incidents were, ever, reported. Parents feel safe to leave their children at school and students go to school either by car, bus or foot. No one has been ever thought that a child could be abducted at the school…
It was around 7:30 am in the morning, when one student, namely Ektoras, arrived at school, left his bag inside his classroom and went to play in the school yard with other three children. He was a well behaved child, always, following the rules of the school.
The bell rang and all the children entered the classrooms. It took about 15 minutes for the teacher to realize that Ektoras came at school but did not enter the classroom. At the beginning, the teacher thought he was absent but then she noticed his schoolbag next to the desk. She assumed that the child might be at the toilet or with the headteacher. She sent a student to look for him but the child was missing. The teacher did not know what to do, where to look, what to think. She trembled and went to inform the headteacher about this incidence. The headteacher, immediately, called the police and the guardian of the child, his mother, who came to school in a state of shock. All the parents were informed about the incidence from the TV and they rang the school and wanted to come and take their children. Psychologists came urguntly at the school to support emotionally the mother, the teacher, the headteacher, the children and the staff of the school.
Ektoras, the missing boy, was 11 years old. His mother was a doctor at the hospital, close to the school. Also, one of the children who was playing with Ektoras was the grandson of a well-known doctor and the other child's mother was a nurse in the same hospital. Ektoras' father was a pilot working abroad and he was in a legal conflict with his mother, demanding the rights of the custody of the child. Ektoras had not seen his father for many years.
This incident was a puzzle for investigators, who were trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together to determine whether the perpetrator's motives were related to the family situation of the child (divorced family), the professional activity of the mother or the perpetrator wanted to demand ransom as he may be facing financial problems. The investigation was full of red herrings.