Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

April 27, 2011 09:03 ET

Missing Children Society of Canada: New Details in Pearl Gavaghan Da Massa Case

$10,000 Reward for Information Still Available for Missing Child

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) - Missing Children Society of Canada -

Editors Note: There are 6 photos associated with this Press Release.

Information received in the Pearl Gavaghan Da Massa case points to the possibility that the missing girl and her abductor may have travelled across Canada and are in hiding in British Columbia, possibly in the Vancouver area. The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) made the announcement today from its headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

Today's release of information in the case follows MCSC's announcement at a press conference in Toronto earlier this month of a $10,000 reward for information leading to the missing girl's whereabouts. The reward offering is scheduled to expire next week on May 6th. While the organization has received several tips since the announcement, including new photos of the pair, the reward for information remains up for grabs.

"We're still looking for that key piece of information," said Ted Davis, MCSC investigator and former police detective. "The window is closing on this reward offer. If you have any information, now would be a good time to come forward."

The reward announcement was originally made on April 6th, which was Pearl's 7th birthday - a day that should be spent with family and friends – something that this little girl is being deprived of.

It has been over 2 years since the little girl vanished from the United Kingdom. Pearl Rose Gavaghan Da Massa was taken by her mother, Helen Gavaghan, who had joint custody with the child's father, Henry Da Massa. Since December 9, 2008, Helen has been on the run with the child and hiding from authorities. There were sightings of them in Toronto last summer, and they may still be in the Toronto area or have ties to the area. Helen may be using aliases of Dana Flaherty or Meta International. Pearl may be known as Belle Flaherty.

"Pearl is out there, and her well-being is in danger. Her identity is not her own," explained Amanda Pick, Executive Director of MCSC. "Someone knows where Pearl is. We're offering the chance to help Pearl, and to collect a sizeable reward in return."

Anyone with information can contact MCSC confidentially through their 24-hour toll-free TIP line at 1-800-661-6160 or by email at tips@mcsc.ca. Conditions and information about the reward are available on MCSC's website at www.mcsc.ca.


Full Name:Pearl Rose Gavaghan Da Massa
Alias:Belle Flaherty
Date of Birth:April 6, 2004
Current Age:7 years
Eyes:Green / Brown (Hazel)
Hair:Light brown, long, wavy
Height:110cm / 3'8"
Missing Since:December 9, 2008
Name:Helen Gavaghan
Aliases:Dana Flaherty, Meta International
Date of Birth :June 14, 1977
Current Age :33 years
Eyes :Green/brown
Hair :Black, long, straight
Height :165cm / 5'5"

Helen may be wearing glasses and may have changed her hair colour and style and is known to wear wigs. She may offer unofficial childcare services.



Please see below for recently uncovered photos of Pearl and Helen, taken in June 2009.


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.

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Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Amanda Pick
    Executive Director
    403.291.0705 ext. 222 or Cell: 403.510.6942