Winnipeg, MB: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) is asking the public to help us on International Missing Children’s Day – pay attention to your surroundings and see if you recognize missing sisters Asja and Milan Johnson, last seen in Ontario.
Now 10 and five years old, the girls were allegedly abducted from the Bahamas by their mother Dazelle Johnson in July 2014, along with their older brothers, in violation of a custody agreement. Of extreme concern, in 2015 the brothers were left with a stranger in London, Ontario, but have since been reunited with their dad back home in the Bahamas. Their mother disappeared with Asja and Milan — the Canadian Centre has received information that suggests they are still somewhere in Canada.
“We strongly believe that these two little girls are somewhere in Canada. With the public’s help, we hope to locate them,” said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of Missingkids.ca at the Canadian Centre. “They could be enrolled in your local school, in a Sunday school class, or playing soccer with your kids. We need everyone to look around and consider if they recognize these girls living in your community.”
An estimated 80 per cent* of child abductions are committed by parents. While parental abduction might not seem concerning, it is a traumatic crime that damages both the children involved and their families who are left behind. As part of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Letters from Home campaign for Missing Children’s Month, Asja and Milan’s brothers each wrote a letter to their missing sisters.
“Asja, Milan, and Mommy I really miss you all. I love you all too much I can’t forget about yall. I don’t even know why we even separated in the first place.”
“Dear mom, Asja and Milan it has been over 2 years now and we really miss you all. It would mean the world to me if I can even just hear the voice of ya’ll.”
Anyone with information in relation to their whereabouts over the last four years is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or MissingKids.ca at 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477). Tips can also be submitted online at www.missingkids.ca.
“These girls are four years older than these photos, and they may now have been given different names,” said Dzikowicz. “This Missing Children’s Day, we want more than anything to help bring Asja and Milan home to see their dad and their brothers again. We need your help to do that.”
We are always searching for Canada’s missing children. Go to the Canadian Centre’s Missing Children Database for more information on children who need your help.
* RCMP Gazette Magazine, Vol. 78, No. 1 – Just the Facts [http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/gazette/child-abduction]
Note to media: Images of Asja and Milan, and of the letters from brothers Cruz and Morgan, are available here.
MissingKids.ca “Spot the Child Abductor” campaign, featuring Asja and Milan, is posted here for your use.