Six years ago, Yaser Abdel Said, now 57, made headlines after he killed his two teenage daughters. Investigators concluded the murders were honor killings that Said doled out because his daughters were dating non-Muslim boys.
Said was never arrested – or even found – after the murders, and the FBI believes he may have fled to Egypt. The case hasn’t received much public attention in recent years until now, as a documentary on the killings is set to be released. The film, "The Price of Honor," intends to educate the public on both Said’s murders and honor killings in general.
Film directors Neena Nejad and Xoal Pamos searched through a trove of the slain girls’ belongings and communications for the movie, and they claim the film will answer dozens of previously unanswered questions on the killings.
“[Victim] Amina left behind a treasure trove of secrets critical to convicting the father of her murder that no one had explored until we started investigating,” Pamos said in a recent press release. "In her own words, through letters, emails and diary entries, she answered almost every question we had about this disturbing case.”
The FBI believes Said may be in New York or Egypt. Private investigator Bill Warner, who was hired by the girls’ family after the murders, thinks he could be in New York City working as a taxi driver.
“It’s all he knows and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he’s there working as a taxi driver,” investigator Bill Warner told Fox News in May. “He could blend in at a metropolis like New York.”
Although all Yellow Cab drivers in the city must pass a background check, hundreds of uncertified driving services exist.
Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Foundation of Taxi Drivers, estimates that there are 10,000 illegal drivers in New York City alone.
“There are 10,000 illegal drivers in New York City," Mateo said. "It's as easy as getting in your car and driving to the airport or picking up illegal street hails."
The FBI offers a $20,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to Said’s arrest. According to his FBI profile, Said is 6’2” and 180 pounds and is usually seen wearing dark sunglasses.