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Kidnapped Kids May be on Stolen Yacht with Father

South San Francisco Police need public's help in search.


South San Francisco police are searching for a man suspected of fleeing with his two kidnapped children aboard a stolen yacht, according to police.

The children, ages 2 and 3, were abducted in the 100 block of James Court in South San Francisco on Tuesday at about 3 p.m.

Police believe that the two were abducted by their father, Christopher Maffei, 43, who fled in a rented white Ford Fusion.

Police said their investigation determined that Maffei drove to Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda where he stole a 40-foot yacht and sailed away with the two children.

The rental car was discovered at the marina and towed for evidence.

The yacht is named "Unleashed" and has "San Francisco, CA" painted on the stern. The yacht was last see at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the area of Mare Island near Vallejo.

Maffei has said in the past that he would like to sail to Monterey or Mexico, according to police.

State, county and federal agencies have been alerted to watch for Maffei, the yacht and the two children.

Anyone who spots them has been asked to contact South San Francisco police at (650) 877-8900.

--Bay City News

Margaret Laird September 07, 2012 at 06:08 AM
For goodness sake, warn people not to try rescuing those kids from the boat and to get in touch with police immediately. Seems like it would be a good idea to alert the Coast Guard as well.
Michele September 07, 2012 at 07:21 AM
I am so surprised about this, I know Chris and can't believe he did this. What the hell happened? I hope they find the kids safe and sound and they get home to their mom soon. My heart goes out to the families involved.
Taylor Wiles September 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Michele, Thanks very much for your comments on these stories. If you have time to talk about this, please do email me at southsanfranciscopatch@gmail.com. -SSF Patch Guest Editor, Tay Wiles
Karen Simpson March 04, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I knew the Maffei family. So sad Chris had cut himself off from family & friends before this happened. Perhaps if he hadn't done so this may not have happened.

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