Mounties say a seven-year-old girl who was reported missing with her father back in January is safe and sound after being dropped off at an RCMP detachment Wednesday.
Violet Bennett and her father, Jesse Bennett, were reported missing from their North Cowichan/Duncan residence on Jan. 23.
It happened three days after a family law court set out a joint custody agreement ordering Jesse to return Violet to her mother.
Since that time, Bennett was believed to be actively evading police in breach of the order requiring him to return Violet to her mother.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP reported that Violet was dropped off at their detachment Wednesday evening by someone known to her.
Jesse Bennett is still wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for abduction in contravention of a custody order.
“This investigation came to a positive ending, thanks to the work of our partnering police agencies, the media and ultimately the public who provided tips in hope to safely locate Violet,” RCMP said in a news release.
Police say they will not release any further details about the alleged abduction to respect the family’s privacy.
Jesse is described as a 36-year-old man, 5’10”, 160 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair, possibly shaved head or wearing a hat, with a beard.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police in their jurisdiction or the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.