Missing Sabrina

In December, Outdoor System Advertising workers installed a billboard for missing Sabrina Aisenberg at the corner of Marion and Scott Streets facing I-275 traffic. (Times photo: Tony Lopez)

Rumor mill churns about missing baby

Times staff writer

©St. Petersburg Times, published December 4, 1997

BRANDON -- Rumors seemed to take on a life of their own and fill the void Wednesday in the absence of any new developments in the disappearance of 5-month-old Sabrina Aisenberg.

The media bombarded the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office with questions after an unfounded report circulated among the public that the infant had been recovered. There were so many calls, authorities were prompted to make an official statement: "The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office would like to eliminate any rumors that 5-month-old Sabrina Paige Aisenberg has been found. These are totally unfounded and have absolutely no validity whatsoever."

Among the rumors dismissed Wednesday was that Sabrina was sold on the black market for $80,000, that gambling was involved and that the dark-haired infant was simultaneously discovered in Puerto Rico, Lakeland, Ruskin and Israel.

Kevin Kalwary, an investigator for Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen, who is representing Sabrina's parents, dismissed the reports and said Steve and Marlene Aisenberg spent the day working with FBI and sheriff's investigators.

"We've heard all of the reports that have been going around, and they range from arrests being made, to the baby being discovered at a pediatrician's office, to a mother in Puerto Rico admitting to buying the baby. As far as we know, they're all false. We spent the day as we've spent every other day, cooperating with detectives on the case," Kalwary said.

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