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Update – child abduction investigation

New Westminster – On January 23rd the New Westminster Police Department asked for the assistance of the public to locate a 9 year old who had allegedly been abducted by her mother. The 9 year old child was visiting with her mother Wilma Estrada, who does not currently have custody. During the visit, the mother left with the 9 year old violating a court order issued in November 2016, and then entered the USA.

Shortly thereafter, an amber alert was issued in the State of Washington while the New Westminster Police Major Crime Unit worked closely with US Authorities.

Thankfully, officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection located Ms. Estrada’s vehicle at a local hotel and, with the assistance of the Bellingham Police Department, were able to locate both Ms. Estrada and her child. The child was safely removed and transported to the Border where New Westminster Police detectives along with workers from the Ministry of Child and Family Development coordinated her safe return.

“We’re extremely thankful that the child was located safely and returned without incident,” stated Media Relations Officer Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “We want to thank the US Authorities, specifically U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Bellingham Police Department who were instrumental in safely locating Ms. Estrada and her daughter.”

Ms. Estrada remains in the custody of US Authorities and the NWPD Major Crime Unit continues to investigate.