Published:January 22, 2022
-Regina Leader Post
The RCMP has issued a Canada-wide warrant for a man who allegedly abducted his seven-year-old daughter in an effort to prevent her from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a press release issued Friday, the Saskatchewan RCMP said Michael Gordon Jackson has been charged with one count of abduction in contravention of custody or parenting order.
The RCMP also revealed that they believe individuals have been helping Jackson evade police. The RCMP reminded the public that such activity could result in criminal charges.
Police said they are seeking information on Jackson’s daughter, Sarah, to whom they also sent a message via the media.
“Sarah: we want you to know that you are not in any trouble,” Chief Supt. Tyler Bates, the officer in charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP South District, said in a press release. “Your mom misses you very much and we have police officers doing what they can so you can see her again soon.”
The RCMP said an enforceable court order was issued on Jan. 5, and since then investigators have followed up on multiple tips and reported sightings of Michael and Sarah. Every one of the reports has been investigated, but police said all of the sightings were unfounded. These investigations involved police visiting multiple businesses to view surveillance video.
The RCMP said they are making sure that Sarah’s legal guardian, her mother, is aware of all steps being taken to locate her. Officers are also working with Crown prosecutors and other government and community partners.
The RCMP explained that an amber alert has not been issued because the criteria have not been met. Investigators will continue to assess the circumstances around the case.
“Locating Michael Gordon Jackson and Sarah is a top priority for Saskatchewan RCMP officers,” Bates said in the release.
“Our investigators are diligently following up on all tips and reported sightings. Every piece of information received is thoroughly examined and investigated. The charge laid against Michael Gordon Jackson is significant. The seriousness of the charge is reflected in the fact that the Saskatchewan RCMP has laid 34 charges in relation to 21 investigations since 1998. We are committed to locating Michael Gordon Jackson and reuniting Sarah with her mom.”
Sarah Jackson is described as Filipino/Caucasion, 4-foot-2, weighing 76 pounds with long, waist-length brown hair that is all one length with no bangs. She has brown/hazel-coloured eyes and last had teal-coloured glasses.
Michael is described as 52 years old, weighing approximately 250 pounds with blue eyes and dark brown hair. He typically wears glasses. He does not have a known vehicle. He resides in the Carievale area and may have connections to the communities of Dilke, Oxbow, Alameda, Regina and Lamont, Alta. He may also be in other communities.
Mariecar Jackson, Sarah’s mother, has not been with her daughter since she was picked up by her father leading up to Nov. 11. She briefly saw her during a Facetime call on Nov. 21. Mariecar lives in Regina.
Mariecar’s lawyer Jill Drennan said the mother initially went to police to report her daughter’s disappearance and was hoping they would issue a press release. Drennan said the RCMP was hesitant to do so, prompting them to go to the media.
On Jan. 7, Michael appeared on an Internet conspiracy show where he said he decided to keep Sarah in his custody because he did not want her to get the vaccine.
“My choice was made then and there that this wasn’t going to work and that I had to protect my daughter from it,” said Michael.