Mother Reunited with Kidnapped Son After 11 Years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/03

Mother Reunited with Kidnapped Son After 11 Years

The last time Marsha Martin saw her son, Wissam, he was just 8-years-old. She's spent the last 11 years wondering if she would ever see him again. Missing out on more than half her son's life, she's kept her faith, praying that one day he would return. Marsha Martin is waiting, waiting to see a son, she hasn't seen since he was 8-years-old.

"The last time I seen him he was on the front porch his dad was gonna pick him up and he started crying and said 'Mommy, mommy, I feel like I'm never gonna see you again,'" says Marsha.

Moments later, Marsha's son Wissam left for a ski trip with his father. And never came back. "He took him, he kidnapped him. He's been in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia," says Marsha.

Despite efforts to get her son back, nothing could be done until he was 18. "It was devastating. It's been the worst 11 years of my life," says Marsha.

My son I couldn't be there with him to take care of him but I could send angels to watch over him," says Marsha.

But now, Marsha is minutes away from coming face to face with her son, now 19-years-old. But the minutes turn into hours. "Do you think you'll recognize him when you see him? I don't know," she says.

Clutching balloons and a teddy bear, Marsha's tears spell out her agony. "I went to the pay phone to call his father tell him that he didn't show," says Marsha.

But what Marsha doesn't know is she's already passed by Wissam without even knowing it. "I seen him walk by but I didn't recognize him. My girlfriend kept saying is that him is that him? No, no, no, no. Until he finally came up to me and gave me a big hug," says Marsha.

"I recognized her she didn't recognize me." "Oh my god!" she says as she swings her arms around his neck.

It's a reunion, 11 years in the making. "You used to have straight hair!", she says to Wissam. "I missed her of course I missed her!", says Wissam.

And now that Wissam is home for good, Marsha isn't going to let him go. "I'm gonna hang on to him," says Marsha.

While in Saudi Arabia, Wissam lived in an American compound where he says explosions went off almost daily. Now, he'll be living in Lubbock and attending Texas Tech to study Computer Engineering.

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