U.S. police have located a missing nine-year-old B.C. girl and her mother at a Bellingham church.
An Amber Alert has been issued south of the border for a young B.C. girl who’s believed to have been abducted during a custody visit with her mother.
Police received a report that the child, Makayla Estrada-Weber, was missing Sunday night in New Westminster. They later determined she had crossed into the U.S. with her mom, 48-year-old Wilma Estrada of Vancouver.
The mom is accused of violating a court order, but authorities said they’re still working to determine a possible motive.
“At this point we don’t know the purpose of violating the court order, but we are working with our American partners to safely locate both mother and daughter,” Acting Sgt. Jeff Scott of the New Westminster Police Department said in a release.
“Anyone who has information about their whereabouts is asked to call us immediately.”
The mom and daughter are believed to have entered the U.S. at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing, and they were last seen in Blaine, Wash.
Makayla suffers from a disorder known as “selective mutism,” meaning that though she’s capable of talking, she will only speak with people she trusts.
Because of that, authorities believe she would not approach a stranger if she were in need of help.
Police said the mom is believed to be driving a grey 2003 Toyota Corolla with B.C. licence plate 228MJT.
Anyone who sees either her or her daughter is asked to call 911.