NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas man suspected of killing his two daughters seven-and-a-half-years ago is now being hunted overseas. Interpol, the largest law enforcement organization in the world, is giving Irving police some help trying to locate Yaser Abdel Said.
The network of police forces from 190 countries around the world issued a Red Notice for Said. A Red Notice is the closed thing to an international arrest warrant.
It was on New Year’s Day 2008 when Said, a local taxi driver, took his daughters, 18-year-old Amina and 17-year-old Sarah for a ride in his cab. The man told the girls he was taking them to get something to eat, but drove to Irving and allegedly killed them both. The bodies of the teens were found inside the cab. Both girls died from multiple gunshot wounds. The Capital Murder arrest warrant for Said was issued one day later.
Detectives have been searching for the now 58-year-old Said since 2008. The North Texas father was also added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in December of last year.
Irving police Officer James McLellan says the FBI listing generated some interest. “It did receive some additional attention. It did generate some leads, and of course every one of those are being followed. But at this point I am not sure how strong those leads were and if they’re [FBI] actively working any leads at the moment.”
While Irving police have said the motive for the murders is unclear, it’s believed Said was upset by his daughters’ teenage behavior and relationships and believed he was performing an honor killing.
Over the last years, the case has been featured on CBS 11 News and on national media programs.
Authorities believe Said may have fled to his native country of Egypt. But he is also believed to have ties in North Texas, the New York City area, Virginia and Canada. There have been reports that Said may be driving a cab in New York City.
Officer McLellan said, “We hope that this might just be the break that we need to find him. And it’s good news to hear that they’re still active in a part of the country that’s going through the trouble that they are.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Yaser Abdel Said is asked to call local police or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. Click here to submit a tip online. A reward of up to $100,000 will be given to anyone providing information that leads directly to his arrest.
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