The Saskatchewan RCMP has indicted and issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant on a man in Carievale, Sask., Accused of abducting his daughter to prevent her from being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Michael Gordon Jackson, 52, is charged with one count of kidnapping in violation of a custody or custody order, the RCMP said in a news release Friday night.
It comes after CBC News reported earlier this month that the father fled with his seven-year-old daughter, Sarah, in mid-November to prevent her from being vaccinated against coronavirus. Jackson’s ex-wife, Mariecar Jackson, had wanted their daughter vaccinated, but Jackson did not.
The girl had been visiting her father when she was allegedly abducted.
Since an enforceable court order was issued earlier this month, investigators say they have followed up on several tips and reported observations of the father and daughter – including by reviewing surveillance footage at several companies. However, no tips have led to locating them.
At this point, the RCMP says, the criteria for an Amber Alert have not been met, which is why Mounties continues to ask the public for help tracking the pair.
“Sarah: we want you to know that you’re not in any trouble,” Chief Supt. Tyler Bates, the officer in charge of Saskatchewan RCMP Southern District, said in a message to the girl in the press release.
“Your mother misses you a lot, and we have police officers doing what they can so you can see her again soon.”
Sarah is described as four feet two inches tall, 76 pounds, with waist-length brown hair, all of which are one length. She has brown / emergency brown eyes and last wore blue-green glasses.
Michael Jackson is described as weighing about 250 pounds with blue eyes and dark brown hair. He also typically wears glasses, the RCMP said.
While Jackson lives in the Carievale area – located in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan – Mounties said he may have connections to the Dilke, Oxbow, Alameda and Regina communities along with Lamont, Alta. The RCMP said he may also be in Manitoba.
“Locating Michael Gordon Jackson and Sarah is a top priority for Saskatchewan RCMP officers,” Bates said. “Our investigators are diligently following up on all tips and reported sightings. We are committed to locating Michael Gordon Jackson and reuniting Sarah with her mother.”
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The RCMP noted that investigators believe Michael Jackson can be helped to evade police and reminded people that this activity could result in criminal charges.
Anyone with information about Michael or Sarah Jackson’s whereabouts should call the Saskatchewan RCMP at 306-310-7267 or 306-780-5563. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.