A father is sighing a breath of relief after his daughter has been found safe and secure after a parental abduction ended in Victoria, B.C. in Canada. Sadly the find comes 18 years after his child, then just 18 months old, was taken by her mother.
A father's nightmare that started on May 15, 1993 has ended after 18 years. Sigourney Teresa Chisholm has been found in Victoria and her mother Patricia Joan O'Byrne was arrested Wednesday without incident.
News of this incident was related to this journalist in a live press conference by police in Toronto.
According to sources, the child was located from witnesses giving tips through a child find website.
When she was taken Sigourney Teresa Chisholm was a tiny tot with little hair. Now an adult it is unknown what she knows about the man who spent countless nights wondering where his daughter was.
Joe Chisholm was there during the home birth of his daughter on September 20, 1991. It was the first time that police from 51 Division came to the home, Patricia's screams from labour resulting in neighbours calling to check what was going on at 30 Elm Avenue. Together Joe, Patricia and young son Jesse welcomed little Sigourney to Toronto.
That happy world didn't last. Within the year there would be a custody battle over the little girl. On May 15, 1993 Joe got the message that Sigourney and Patricia were leaving the country. A warrant for Patricia came.
By the time Sigourney was 16 there had been unconfirmed sightings in the United Kingdom and Spain. It is believed that for a time the little girl attended school in Tunbridge Wells, UK.
It's unlikely that Sigourney remembers her home in Toronto. She is now an adult. Hopefully there is a happy ending for this family that lost so much time. That story is yet to be written.
Patricia Joan O'Byrne was on the run for almost her child's entire life. Today she will be transported from Victoria back to Toronto with a police escort.