VICTORIA (NEWS) – Victoria Police are looking for a man after he took his daughter on a vacation and did not return her to the mother on the agreed day.
Brent Erskine has been charged with Abduction and Disobeying a Court Order after he was supposed to take his four-year-old daughter, Samantha, on a trip to Vancouver on June 30 and return her to her mother, Agustina Wulandari, a week later.
Cst. Matt Rutherford with Victoria Police says they were notified when Samantha was not returned.
“The trip to Vancouver was part of a vacation agreement between the child’s mother and Brent, and they are no longer together” says Rutherford. “When the child was not returned after she was supposed to be — after a week — communications became strange between Brent and Agustina, the mom, and she gave us a call.”
WANTED | Brent Erskine is wanted after allegedly abducting 4 year-old Samantha Wulandari. She is currently in Indonesia. Brent's whereabouts are unknown. Our officers are working to locate Brent & bring Samantha home safely. |#yyj | #F1929955 More info: https://t.co/F9fPYleWFD pic.twitter.com/wfUrSAfyIl
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) August 1, 2019
Victoria Police’s Major Crimes Unit’s investigation has determined that Erskine took Samantha to Jakarta, Indonesia. The daughter has since been dropped off with her maternal grandparents members in Indonesia. He subsequently travelled to Singapore to try an obtain a visa.
“She [Samantha] is safe in that manner, but she’s not safe in the sense that we still don’t know where Brent is and we need Brent to turn himself in so we can guarantee her safety and, ultimately, get Samantha back to Canada,” says Rutherford.
Erskine’s current location is unknown.
Police are actively working with authorities, both in Canada and overseas, to have Samantha safely returned to Canada.
Erskine is being asked to turn himself in to a Canadian embassy.