Disappearance of Rahma el-Dennaoui

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Rahma el-Dennaoui
Born April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19)
Disappeared November 10, 2005 (aged 1)
Lurnea, Sydney
Status Missing for 11 years, 9 months and 13 days
Nationality Australian

Rahma el-Dennaoui (born April 19, 2004) is a Lebanese Australian girl who went missing on 10 November 2005.[1] She was last seen in the bedroom of her home in Lurnea, Sydney, Australia, early that morning, where the 19-month-old girl and her siblings slept. Despite a police search and appeals to the general public, no trace of the little girl has yet been found.[2]


Rahma was born to Hosayn El-Dennaoui, a migrant from Iaal, Lebanon, and Alyaa, from the nearby village of Dayranbouh.[3][4] Rahma was between two of her sisters on a double bed under the window. She had trouble sleeping in the heat and her father got up and went to check on her at 2 am. When he returned at 8 am, she was gone.[5] Rahma had not been walking long, and it is nearly a kilometre from the el-Dennaoui home to any bushland, making a toddler's journey there unlikely. There was a rip in the fly-screen covering the window above her bed, and this opening was large enough for Rahma to fit through.[6] Other sources say the screen was cut, not torn.[5] Sniffer dogs found no trace of the little girl, and police are now treating the disappearance as an abduction, although no motive was known.[2]


In May 2007, New Idea magazine offered a $20,000 (AUS) reward for information on what happened to Rahma. The magazine's editor-in-chief Robyn Foster says it was the similarities between Rahma and the highly publicised case of Madeleine McCann that sparked her interest in the case.[7]

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  1. ^ "Dennaoui - Meaning And Origin Of The Baby Name Dennaoui | MYBABYNAME.NET". www.mybabyname.net. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b Munro, Catharine (2006-02-05). "Sister Pleads for Return of Rahma As FBI Alerted". Sydney Morning Herald. ISSN 0312-6315. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  3. ^ Greg Bearup (8 Dec 2012). "Little girl lost". THE AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The World Today - Magazine offers reward for info on missing Australian girl". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  5. ^ a b Miller, Barbara. "Magazine offers reward for info on missing Australian girl". The World Today. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  6. ^ Tadros, Edmund (2005-11-11). "Without a Trace: Police Fear Toddler Was Abducted from Her Bedroom". Sydney Morning Herald. ISSN 0312-6315. Archived from the original on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  7. ^ Richardson, David. "Stranger danger". Today Tonight. Retrieved 2007-10-29.