An 11-year old girl has been safely recovered and a man charged with abduction after the two Norfolk County residents were found by police in northern Ontario.
The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, was reported missing Monday morning at 8:58 a.m., just over six hours after she had last been seen.
Investigators determined that the female had travelled to Brantford with a male, prompting coordination with the Brantford Police Service. Brantford investigators were able to track the pair to a Thunder Bay address, where they were found Tuesday by OPP officers in the Thunder Bay detachment.
The man, 22-year old Brandon Michael Labonte of Norfolk County, was charged with abduction of a person under 14 and failure to comply with a probation order. He is scheduled to appear in court in Simcoe to answer to the charges.
Police say the female, who was apprehended under the Child and Family Services Act, was not harmed.
OPP officers are trumpeting the arrest as a victory for cross-jurisdictional cooperation.
“This collaborative effort by each police agency should serve as a reminder to anyone contemplating committing a crime that police have no boundaries when it comes to bringing people to justice,” said Det. Sgt. Lisa Lambert with the Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit.