The Saanich police will be hosting a media conference to give an update on the alleged parental abduction of Kaydance Etchells from 2016.
Police, alongside Kaydance’s mother, Tasha Brown, will be available at the Saanich Police Department for comment on July 4, at 11:00 am.
Ninetween-month-old Kaydance Etchells was reported missing by Brown on May 14, 2016. Brown told police that her estranged wife, Lauren Etchells, may have abducted their daughter and left Canada. Brown and Etchells had Kaydance through a donor process in 2014, but the couple separated in 2015.
A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Lauren Etchells, a dual Canadian and United Kingdom citizen, after she allegedly defied a court order and flew to London with Kaydance Etchells in May 2016.
After getting a passport for Kaydance in April 2016, the police determined that on May 8, 2016, Lauren and Kaydance boarded WestJet Flight 22 from Vancouver to London Gatwick Airport, along with Etchells’ partner, Marco van der Merwe.
According to police, an August 2015 court order stated that Etchells was not to apply for a Canadian passport for Kaydance and could not leave Vancouver Island.
Etchells, who gave birth to Kaydance, had full custody, but Brown had visitation rights and was fighting for joint custody. She contacted police after Lauren did not bring Kaydance for visitation.
It was revealed that Saanich police were working with Interpol, the RCMP National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch. It was also believed in June 2016 that van der Merwe, who is a person of interest, was in the Netherlands.
A post from September 26, 2018, on the Facebook page called “Where in the world is Kaydance?” showed a video of Brown sending birthday wishes to Kaydance on the day that marked her fourth birthday.