Victoria Police are currently working with international authorities to ascertain the whereabouts of a man who allegedly abducted his daughter and took her to Indonesia.
On July 8th, police responded to a child custody case in which they learned that the father, Brent Erskine, had taken his 4-year-old daughter Samantha to Vancouver on June 30th.
This vacation had been arranged between Erskine and the child’s mother, Agustina Wulandar, who are no longer together.
Samantha was supposed to be returned to Wulandar in Victoria a week later, but when communications between Wulandar and Erskine changed, she grew concerned and called police.
This prompted a VicPD investigation in which officers determined that Erskine travelled with Samantha to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Through the efforts of family and the police, Samantha has since been dropped off with maternal family members in Indonesia. The details of this drop off are unclear at this time.
After leaving Samantha with her maternal family members, Erskine travelled to Singapore to obtain a Visa.
His current whereabouts are unknown and detectives continue to work with partners, both in Canada and abroad, to get Samantha safely returned to Canada.
On July 24th, Crown Counsel approved criminal charges against Erskine for Abduction and Disobeying a Court Order.
He is currently wanted on an outstanding unendorsed warrant of arrest for those charges.
At this time, VicPD Major Crimes Unit is urging Brent Erskine to turn himself in at a Canadian embassy.