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Millionaire Seeks His Missing Kids

October 17, 1998

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ A Philadelphia millionaire whose two daughters vanished more than a year ago has moved the hunt to South Africa, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Bipin Shah was following up reports that the girls were seen in South Africa with his former wife, The Saturday Star said.

Shah’s ex-wife, Ellen Dever, left Philadelphia on June 8, 1997, saying she was taking Sarah, then 8, and Genevieve, then 6, for ``a surprise vacation.″ She never returned.

Shah’s investigators have looked in the United States, Australia and Europe.

A private detective traced the girls to South Africa through an airplane ticket from New York to Cape Town via Vienna, the Star said. It was not clear when the flight took place.

``We did not pay attention to South Africa until May,″ Shah was quoted as saying by the newspaper. ``I was still searching Europe.″

Shah, 59, claimed that an underground network to help parents and children escape domestic abuse had helped Dever disappear with the two girls. But he denies that he abused his family.

The FBI issued warrants in June 1997 for Dever’s arrest for violating custody agreements with Shah.

Shah, who earned his millions with automated teller and electronic payment bank systems, is offering a $2 million reward for finding his children.

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