Almost exactly 19 years ago, 4-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg vanished from her crib in the dead of night, never to be seen again.
Around 6:42 a.m. on November 24, 1997, Marlene Aisenberg awoke in her Florida home to check on Sabrina, only to find that she was not in her crib.
When the Aisenbergs called for help, they told authorities that their garage door had been unlocked, and investigators discovered a footprint and a blonde hair next to Sabrina’s crib.
Authorities soon questioned the Aisenbergs’ story, seeing as they claimed not to wake up when Sabrina was allegedly being abducted, even though they had two other children and a dog.
It didn’t take long before police began to suspect that Marlene and her husband, Steve, were involved in their daughter’s disappearance.
About three weeks after Sabrina went missing, authorities obtained permission to wiretap the Aisenbergs’ house.
Nearly two years after their daughter vanished, the Aisenbergs were indicted on conspiracy charges, but those charges were later dropped when it was revealed that authorities had lied about allegedly incriminating conversations that they’d heard during wiretap recordings that were secretly set up in the family’s home.
In 2003, the Aisenbergs filed a civil lawsuit against the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and federal prosecutors, seeking millions of dollars.
The suit, which alleged malicious prosecution, was dropped in 2004, according to CNN.
Although they have never been ruled out as suspects in their daughter’s mysterious disappearance, both Marlene and Steve claim they passed a polygraph more than a decade ago. Authorities, however, have never confirmed their claims.
According to reports, the Aisenbergs held out hope that their daughter was still alive in 2003, when her DNA was tested against a child who had been abandoned in 1998.
Although the little girl, referred to as “Paloma Unknown,” matched Sabrina’s description, DNA testing proved that they were not a match.
Steve and Marlene took their children to start a new life in Maryland after Sabrina’s disappearance, and to this day they maintain they innocence in her case.