Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

September 23, 2010 14:31 ET

Missing Children Society of Canada: 4 Yr Old Found in BC Reunited With US Father After 2 Year Abduction

MCSC facilitates cross-border reunification

BC, WASHINGTON BORDER--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - As of 11:00am today, the two year nightmare for one searching father from San Diego has ended. This morning at the Abbotsford / Sumas border crossing, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) facilitated a cross-border reunification of a 4 year old girl who was abducted by her mother in 2008. For the protection and privacy of the child, her name and her family's names are being withheld at this time.

In approximately February 2008, the young girl's father filed a Hague Convention application in California, believing that the child's non-custodial mother had taken her to Canada. The child was eventually located living with her mother in British Columbia in the summer of 2010. 

At that point, the BC Central Authority on The Hague Convention and the District Attorney's Office in San Diego County contacted MCSC to request assistance in the family reunification. By way of a court order, MCSC facilitated the release of the child to a representative of the San Diego County District Attorney's office at the BC/Washington border this morning. The child was then reunited with her father.

"The majority of our cases involve the search for missing Canadian children, however we are also increasingly involved with assisting international cases that have a connection to our country," said Maria Sbert, Director of MCSC's Investigation Unit. "We are thrilled to be able to assist this searching father and the San Diego County's Office of the District Attorney in the happy reunification of this young girl."

Since 1986 the MCSC has operated comprehensive search programs to assist police and searching parents in the active and ongoing search for abducted and missing children. To view MCSC's online directory of missing children, please visit www.mcsc.ca.

Following the reunification today, Maria Sbert will be returning to MCSC's head office in Calgary this evening and will be available to speak to media tomorrow.

About MCSC

Since 1986, the Missing Children Society of Canada has been reuniting missing children with their searching families through professional investigations, public awareness and family support programs. MCSC's team of former police detectives and trained investigators work closely with law enforcement while conducting frontline, hands-on investigative and search activities.

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Maria Sbert
    Director, Investigation Unit
    403.291.0705 ext. 234 or Cell: 403.813.6694