The disappearance of Nicholas Barclay


– Background – 

Nicholas Barclay was born on 31st of December 1980. Nicholas was just 13-year-old when he disappeared. He was a troubled child with a history of running away , However he was never gone longer than a day.

His mother Beverly reported that Nicholas would occasionally hit and curse at her. The police were often called to the family home in response to the arguments.

 – The day Nicolas disappeared –

Thirteen year old Nicholas was last seen on June 13th 1994 in San Antonio, Texas. He was playing basket ball with his friends. He called home for his mother to collect him but she was asleep, and Nicholas’s older brother refused to wake her up.

The authorities at first thought Nicholas left on his own accord as he had done in the past.

Three months after Nicholas had been missing on the 25th of September 1994, His brother had called he police and stated he had seen Nicholas trying to break into the family’s garage, but claimed Nicholas had fled when he realized his brother had seen him.

The police searched the neighborhood, but they couldn’t find Nicholas. They don’t believe Nicholas’s brother had in fact seen him and neither does their mother.

Despite endless searches, the family never heard from there blue-eyed boy ever again, or so they thought.

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San Antonio, Texas. The home of Nicholas Barclay

– The Imposter – 

Three years after Nicholas disappeared. In october 1997, Law enforcement officials received a phone call from a man at a youth shelter in Linares, Spain. The caller stated that Nicholas was living at the spanish shelter after escaping from a child sex ring operation. The man said that the person believed that Nicholas had been abused for years. Nicholas’s sister flew to Spain; and identified the man as her brother and brought him back to Texas.

Beverly, Nicholas’s mother believed the man was her son, But many others including his uncle were suspicious of his claims. The man had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, He spoke with a french accent and European phrasing.

He claimed his abductors had chemically changed his hair & eye colour, and that he picked up different speech patterns from living in Europe for so long.

The man refused to voluntarily give blood samples or have his finger prints taken to confirm his identity, He also refused to name his alleged abductors.

In February 1998 the FBI obtained a court order to take the mans fingerprints and blood to determine a match with Nicholas.

The Finger prints identified the man as Frederic Pierre Bourdin, A 23-year-old french citizen who was posing as Nicholas. Bourdin had a criminal history in Europe and has used many aliases.

Fredric pleaded guilty to passport fraud and perjury in 1998, admitting that he had posed as Nicholas after getting the missing teenagers information from a missing child centre. After Fredric was exposed, he made several contradicting statements about Nicholas; he claimed he had known Nicholas in spain and that he was alive; he claimed he had proof that Nicholas was dead. Later he denied having ever met Nicholas at all. He even stated he knew nothing about the case.

Fredric was sentenced to 6 years in prison ( 3 times more than the sentencing guidelines suggested) due to the harm he had caused the Barclay family.

Frederic Pierre Bourdin

Frederic Pierre Bourdin

– Guilty Family? – 

After Bourdin’s identity was discovered, police began investigating Nicholas’s family for possible involvement in his disappearance.

Beverly his mother was addicted to heroin in 1994, but went into recovery after her son went missing.

Beverly had passed one polygraph about her son’s case, however she failed a second one.

Nicholas’s older brother developed a drug addiction after his disappearance, and died of a cocaine over dose in 1998. He had been considered a possible suspect in his brothers disaperance and with his death, The investigation stalled.


Nicholas has never been located and his case remains unsolved. He may still be in the San Antonio area, While many agents continue to classify Nicholas as a runaway, foul play is suspected in his disappearance And he is classified as an endangered missing person.



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