December 13, 2015
IRVINE – Police said Friday they were searching for an unemployed attorney in the possible parental abduction of her twin children.
The suspect, 45-year-old Shahrzad Talieh, is an unemployed child advocacy lawyer who last worked in Los Angeles, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Irvine Police Department.
Shahrzad Talieh and her estranged husband are in the process of a divorce and share custody of their children, Pasha Dejbakhsh and his sister Shiraz Dejbakhsh, who are both 8, Emami said.
Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Shahrzad Talieh picked up her children from Portola Springs Elementary School Irvine on a day that she did not have custody of them, she added.
Police believe that prior to picking up the children, Shahrzad Talieh removed the children’s passports from her husband’s home. The location of the children was unknown to authorities Friday, according to Emami.
Shahrzad Talieh and her children are U.S. citizens. Police believe she may be in Southern California with the children or may have fled to Houston, or Canada, where she has family.
The suspected parental child abduction was reported to Irvine police by the children’s father. Family and friends of Shahrzad Talieh told police they have not had contact with her, and are concerned for the safety of the children based on the woman’s allegedly deteriorating mental health and possible substance abuse, Emami said.
Police were working with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to secure an arrest warrant for Talieh.
“We just want to make sure Pasha and Shiraz are safe,” Emami said Friday.
Shahrzad Talieh is described as 5-feet 6-inches tall, about 157 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Pasha Dejbakhsh, is about 4-feet tall, weighs about 65 pounds, and has black hair, brown eyes, and a scar by his right eye.
Shiraz Dejbakhsh, weighs about 85 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Shahrzad Talieh may be driving a white 2014 Ford Explorer, with California license plate7CKS328.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shahrzad Talieh and her children is asked to call the Irvine Police Department hotline at 949-724-7394 or e-mail Sgt. Kyle Turner at KTurner@CityofIrvine.org.
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