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"Lost Traveler"
SVU, Episode 13.09
Production number: 13009
First aired: 30 November 2011
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Written By
Julie Martin & David Matthews

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

When a Romani boy vanishes on his way home from school, the Special Victims Unit must penetrate his insular community to find the unlikely abductors.

Plot Edit

A Romani child disappears on his way home from school. Benson and Amaro interview the distraught parents, who are distrustful of the police. The initial investigation leads Fin and Rollins to the powerful leader of the Romani community, but he denies any involvement. The family remains hopeful their boy will be found, especially when they discover his cell phone is still active. With the help of their TARU tech and a meddling newspaper reporter, the detectives narrow the perpetrators to a mentally challenged neighbor, throwing the tight-knit Romani community into turmoil.

Summary Edit

A young Romani boy named Nico Gray goes missing on his way home from school. As the SVU detectives investigate his disappearance, they are met with resistance from the tight-knit Romani community. His parents believe that Nico is alive when they notice that someone has been deleting his voicemails. Unfortunately, a reporter for the Ledger was the person using his computer to hack Nico's phone. He offers information he received from hacking the phone of the Rom-Baro, who is a representative of the Romani King.

A mentally-challenged boy named Marc (who lives across the street from the Gray family) is suspected in Nico's disappearance after the detectives find Nico's lucky rabbit's foot underneath his bed. Later, Nico's cigarette-burned body is found at a construction site.

In the end, it is revealed that Nico's classmates, Emma & Courtney were responsible for Nico's death. Marc admits that the girls came into his room & hid the rabbit's foot. Emma confesses that they were only teasing Nico when Courtney killed him to keep him from telling anyone. Courtney doesn't appear to show any remorse for murdering Nico.

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Background information and notes Edit

  • Gilbert Gottfried joins the cast as the recurring role of IT Leo Gerber.
  • This episode appears to have been inspired by two separate British murder cases: the case of two-year-old James Bulger who was abducted and murdered by two ten-year-old-boys in Liverpool in 1993; and the case of 13-year-old Milly Dowler who was murdered in 2002.
  • While Milly Dowler was still just a missing person, voicemail messages to her mobile were deleted, leading her parents into believing that she was still alive (in a way similar to Nico Grey's parents). It was later revealed that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had hacked into her phone on behalf of the tabloid paper News of the World. The reporter who does it in this episode is played by British actor Gavin Lee.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Caswell Academy
62 East 2nd Street
Monday, November 14

Alonso's Bicycles
158 Boerum Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 15

Rom-Baro Mansion
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Tuesday, November 15

Lane Residence
100 Meserole Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Thursday, November 17


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"Educated Guess"
"Lost Traveler"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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