Meet Chad Hower, he is a loving father, husband and friend that has been battling for his life against all odds. In 2005, a Tennessee family court granted Chad custody of his young son. Those custody documents said that Chad child could live with him internationally. Imagine his surprise while on a business trip in Bulgaria in 2009, Chad was arrested and put in a Bulgarian prison due to an Interpol Red Notice. The FBI had charged Chad with kidnapping his own son whom he had custody of. This is just the beginning of story.

Chad currently resides in Saint Kitts with his second wife & 2 minor children. His son, the child that he allegedly kidnapped, is in his 20’s and lives just down the street from them. Saint Kitts is a small island in the Caribbean and medical care is limited. Chad needs life saving medical attention that he can not get on the island. He can’t travel off the island due to the Interpol Red Notice. If he does, he will be arrested and put in jail where he could die before getting the treatment he needs. Chad’s life is at stake and his pleas with the US government have gone unanswered. Chad needs our help.


Please copy and paste the letter below into your email and mail to the following addresses multiple times a week. The more they hear from us, the more likely we are to be heard. Chad’s life is on the line.



March 24, 2023

ATTENTION: Christian A. Trabold and Troy Rivetti

For your consideration, 

I am writing you regarding Chad Zachary Hower. This is of the highest importance as Mr. Hower’s life is failing and he is unable to access the required medical attention. 

Mr. Hower was indicted on May 12, 2009, by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of international parental kidnapping. How is it possible to kidnap a child that you were granted full legal custody of with permission to travel internationally?

Court order NO. 15370-2 issued on October 15, 2005 by Chancery Court For Knox County, Tennessee states that on August 12, 2005 Chad Zachary Hower was granted custody of his son, Aarys Hower. Nancy Sue Oberlander -Hower was the plaintiff in this case.  The following was stated in the August 15, 2005 order:

  1. “4. The court finds that the father should be the primary residential parent of the minor child and is granted immediate physical custody of the child….”
  2. “5. In order to effectuate the order of the court, the child is authorized to travel alone, or under the direction of  a single parent. Further, the Father is entitled to renew the child’s passport without the signature or permission of the Mother.”
  3. “This order is not specified as to date other than otherwise outlined and applies to Aarys Hower until he reaches 18.”
  4. “The child is authorized to travel to any destination, international or domestic, without restriction other than set out herein.”

If Ms. Oberlander-Hower was the plaintiff in Tennessee, why did she start a new case in PA? Why did she lie to the court about the child being born in PA? Why did Pennsylvania not check the birth records related to Aarys Hower to see that he was born and resided in Tennessee? Why did a a Pennsylvania Judge remove Aarys from his mother’s custody and put him on an international flight back to his Father in 2006? The Pennsylvania court should never have been involved in the custody case. The minor child was not born in the state and was never an official resident of Titusville, PA. Tennessee had jurisdiction in this case and custody orders were issued as per the above information.

Mr. Hower, as you know, is currently residing in Saint Kitts Island with his wife and minor children. Mr. Hower is in need of life saving medical attention that is unavailable on the small island. Without access to proper medical care, Mr. Hower will die and leave behind a wife, 2 minor children and his adult son, Aarys, who is at the center of all of this. 

I beg you to please do one of two things:

  • drop all charges against Mr. Hower who hads legal custody of his son at the time he was charged with kidnapping or,
  • issue him an immediate emergency medical travel visa so that he can get the health care he so desperately needs. The interpol red notice must be dropped the guarantee Mr. Hower is not arrested before he receives medical care. Without medical attention, Mr. Hower will lose his life.

At this point in time, Mr. Hower has been pleading with the United Stated government to review this case and drop the charges for years. 3 attempts to extradite him to the United State have failed. I ask you, again, how can a man be charged with kidnapping of a child he has legal custody of? This has gone on far too long and needs to end before he dies. 

Please review this case immediately and look at the Tennessee custody orders, a man’s life is at stake. We will be contacting every media outlet who will listen. Mr. Hower deserves justice. His adult son deserves peace and his family deserves him alive. If he dies, it will be due to incompetence on behalf of the federal prosecutor, Judge White in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Family Court System. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please help Chad Zachary Hower.


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