Mon. May 23rd, 2022

A Saskatchewan man who says he is hiding with his 7-year-old daughter to protect her from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine often talked about taking her away from his mother forever, says a former friend.

CBC News has also learned that Michael Jackson, also known as “Mike” and “Mikey”, is being helped financially by at least one business associate.

“He always talked about leaving, almost obsessed with the idea. It was always the plan to take the girl,” said Carievale, Sask., Resident Kurt Jedel.

“He was going to drive up to Alaska and then take a boat over to Russia, dye his hair and they would disappear. If that didn’t work out, he said he would go up to the bush and live off the net.”

No one has seen the couple in person since mid-November.

In an interview Tuesday with CBC News, the girl’s mother, Regina, educational assistant Mariecar Jackson, sent an emotional message to her daughter and begged for her return.

“Mom loves you so much. Every day I pray that one day you will be home. I love you so much. Mom stands strong and one day we will be together,” she said.

Mariecar Jackson said all she wants is for her daughter to be safe at home. She said she “wanted to ignore the issue of vaccination for the time being and focus on the emotional and physical well-being” of her daughter.

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Mariecar Jackson says her daughter was taken to an unknown location two months ago by her ex-husband because he does not want the girl to get a COVID vaccination. She is terrified and fears for her daughter’s safety. 0:34

Residents of Carievale, a village of 200 people in southeastern Saskatchewan, say they are becoming more afraid of the girl’s physical and emotional safety every day.

“That poor woman. It must be hell. And this little girl. This poor little girl,” said local resident Janice McKenzie.

Police are launching an investigation, appealing publicly

McKenzie and other interviewed residents wondered why there had been no amber alarm or press release requesting public assistance over the past two months. This week, the CBC repeatedly asked the RCMP and Regina’s police about the case.

Regina police said they could not act unless the complainant came to their offices with relevant court orders and other documents. CBC told Regina police that Mariecar Jackson’s lawyer, Jill Drennan, had already sent them a court order ordering police to act.

Thursday night, Regina police visited Mariecar Jackson’s home to tell her they were now conducting a formal investigation, Drennan said.

The RCMP did not respond to several interview requests this week, but issued a press release Saturday asking for help finding Jackson and the girl.

“Michael Gordon Jackson is described as a 52-year-old man who weighs about 250 pounds with blue eyes and dark brown hair. He typically wears glasses. He does not have a known vehicle. He lives in the Carievale, Sask., Area and may have connections to “the communities of Dilke, Oxbow, Alameda, Regina, Saskatchewan and Lamont, Alberta. However, he may be in other communities,” the statement said.

Anyone with information on the location of Jackson or the girl should call the Saskatchewan RCMP at 310-RCMP (7267) or (306) 780-5563. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1‐800‐222 ‐ TIPS (8477) or saskcrimestoppers.com, the publication states.

Jedel, who said their friendship ended shortly before Jackson left, said he did not think Jackson would actually follow up. He kept asking Jackson how he planned to make money.

Mariecar Jackson pleads for safe return of her 7-year-old daughter. The girl’s father, Michael Jackson from Carievale, Sask. says he took her to an undisclosed location two months ago to protect the girl from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. (Posted by Mariecar Jackson)

CBC News confirmed that Jackson is being helped financially by at least one business associate who spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago.

Greg Schietsel said he supports Jackson and is happy to help him.

“I believe in what Mike does. He’s just protecting his child,” said Alameda, Sask., Parts dealer.

“Yes, he’s a radical, but he’s just doing what he believes in. He’s getting caught. It’s a shame the guy has to run.”

Schietsel said it’s clear Jackson loves his daughter. He does not believe he would ever hurt her.

Schietsel said he made sure to sell the machine and auto parts at Jackson’s store to him if needed.

Schietsel said he had no idea Jackson would leave with the girl, but he keeps his promise.

Schietsel said he recently sold some headlights to Jackson and then paid Jackson’s monthly property tax bill of about $ 600. He said he would continue selling goods for Jackson, and spoke to him as recently as three weeks ago when Jackson called from a blocked phone number.

CBC News asked Schietsel if he is worried about helping a man in hiding with a 7-year-old girl in violation of several court rulings. The orders, most recently issued on January 5, revoke all of Jackson’s custody and require her to be returned to her mother in Regina.

“The man is a friend of mine. Where I come from, you help your friends,” he said.

Schietsel said the RCMP came to his house to question him about the financial assistance, but did not accuse him of anything. He said they accused him of encouraging Jackson and the girl to Manitoba or across the U.S. border, but Schietsel said he did not.

Residents say Michael Jackson lived in a suite at this store in Carievale, Sask. until he took his 7-year-old daughter to an unknown location in November to protect her from being vaccinated against COVID-19. (Coby Murray)

Jackson appeared externally in an online talk show last week. For 45 minutes, he reiterated a number of refuted and undocumented theories, including the need to protect the girl from a vaccine that he said could make her sterile.

This week, CBC News interviewed more than a dozen other people in and around Carievale, a 200-person village in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan.

They say it is important to share their experiences with Michael Jackson so that the police and the public realize how urgent the situation is and help return the girl to her mother.

Jackson was born in Ontario, Jedel said. He ended up in Alberta doing carpentry work in Fort McMurray, Jedel said. It did not succeed and he ended up living in a trailer park in Stony Plain, Alta.

It was there that he met Janice McKenzie and Wade Gebkenjans. The couple moved shortly after to Carievale “and the next thing I know he was here,” Gebkenjans said.

He and Mariecar, a recent immigrant from the Philippines, married, had a child, and built a store with a suite of land purchased from the village.

The woman and the daughter were rarely seen outside the home, residents say, but residents say he repeatedly initiated confrontations.

Former village council member and maintenance worker Coby Murray stopped by the family’s home one day to tell Jackson that a permit was needed for the fence he was building.

Murray said Jackson shouted, “F – k off, goon!” Murray said Jackson started videotaping him and screamed that he was being harassed.

“Then he turned off the video, went to the truck and punched me in the face,” Murray said.

Murray recalled another incident inside the village office when an administrator explained a form to Jackson.

Jackson slapped her hand, took the form back, and said, “That’s not how things work, b — h,” before storming out, Murray said.

“He created an enemy wherever he went. Everything would go south, and it was always someone else’s fault,” said Rhonda Halliday, another resident who says she was repeatedly threatened by Jackson after she insisted on , that he should pay about $ 200 in cash upon delivery of an item.

Residents say Jackson has been excluded from various businesses and the village office because of his behavior.
Jackson and his wife divorced several years ago. The girl went to school and lived with her mother in Regina, but Jackson had partial custody until the recent court rulings brought it to an end.

Mariecar Jackson’s attorney, Jill Drennan, said police were repeatedly called to enforce the custody arrangements as Jackson would be late in returning the girl, even before this incident, and even before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Drennan said she has spoken to police this week, but on Friday afternoon there has been no development.
Residents say the RCMP searched the family’s Carievale home and several others, but Jackson and the girl were away at the time.

“It’s been two months. He’s ahead of the game. He’s a big lead,” McKenzie said.

CBC News has unsuccessfully tried to reach Michael Jackson through the email listed in court documents as well as in other ways.

Residents said they are driving in the area’s roads, sharing social media posts and trying their best to find clues that will reunite Mariecar Jackson with her daughter.

“This poor woman,” Halliday said. “It just breaks our heart.”

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