(Ladysmith RCMP)

Ladysmith RCMP are asking for public assistance in locating a missing 13-year old girl after her father failed to disclose her whereabouts during a well-being check.

Payton MacDonald was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, March 15th, with her father as they entered his van at the foot of Harbour View Road in Ladysmith.

Currently, Payton and her father are residing on a sailboat in Ladysmith.

On March 16th, RCMP received a request from the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) to check on the well-being of Payton.

MCFD had presented Payton’s father with a Family Court Order, requiring him to immediately disclose her whereabouts, however, Payton’s father was not cooperative.

He was subsequently arrested and held in custody for disobeying the order.

Payton was reported missing on March 17th.

“To date, police and family have not been able to make contact with Payton. She does not have a phone or have access to social media,” stated Sergeant Wes Olsen of the Ladysmith RCMP. 

“We want to ensure that she is safe and well.”

Anyone with information about Payton’s whereabouts is asked to contact the police in their jurisdiction or the Ladysmith RCMP at (250) 245-2215.

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