Police: Missing California boy had been living with teacher for years

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A California A public school teacher has been arrested after covering up the disappearance of a teenage boy for two years, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

The allegations from law enforcement and the boy’s family are astounding. According to goaltender Katte Smith, who spoke with KCRA, then 15, left his home in Rancho Cordova after falling out with family members. “He felt like the grass was greener on the other side,” Smith said. A concerned family reported him missing in May 2020, and despite police attempts to locate him, he remained missing until March 2022, when Smith says he unexpectedly returned home and asked to relocate. SFGATE withholds the boy’s name because he is a minor.

On Thursday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office charged 61-year-old Holga Castillo Olivares with covering up the boy. Olivares is listed as a second-grade teacher in the Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School Staff Directory. The boy’s family members say Olivares is the mother of a friend of his.

Olivares was charged with possessing a minor with intent to conceal from a parent, a felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. She is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is not eligible for bail. According to inmate records, Olivares is due in court on Monday afternoon.

In a statement to KCRA, the Sacramento City Unified School District said Olivares was on leave while the district conducted an investigation.

“We felt so stripped of all that time with him,” Smith told KCRA.

“You can’t just hide someone’s child and think it’s no big deal,” she added.

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