Police in Regina have launched a desperate search for a four-year-old girl and her mother, whom authorities believe were taken by the girl's father.
Just before noon Tuesday, Regina police issued an Amber alert for four-year-old Samantha Martyn. Police say they believe Samantha may have been taken Monday evening by 39-year-old Christopher Alan Martyn.
Regina police spokeswoman Lara Guzik says authorities are also concerned because the girl's mother, Natasha Sentes, is nowhere to be found.
"Information we have makes us believe it is an abduction. We have great concern for the safety of both Samantha and Natasha," Guzik said.
"We can't get into the great history. I can tell you that there is a restraining order before the courts right now."
Guzik says Sentes was estranged from Martyn, although whether they were married or common-law spouses was not immediately clear.
According to the provincial courthouse, a non-contact order was issued against Martyn June 17. The documents say Martyn was accused of making "threats to do personal injury to Natasha Sentes and Natasha Sentes is afraid that Christopher Alan Martyn will carry out such threats."
Martyn was supposed to go through lawyers to arrange access to Samantha.
On June 25, Sentes posted on Facebook: "First weekend without my Sammie, since the break up. I miss her already :( "
Comments posted on Facebook by Sentes' friends after the Amber alert was issued prayed for her safe return. "Come home safe and sound we are all thinking of you and Sammy," wrote one friend.
Samantha was last seen Monday at 6:15 p.m. when Martyn picked her up, as scheduled, at a home in Regina. Sentes was last seen at 10:30 Monday night, leaving work at Evraz Place.
Guzik says a family friend reported the two missing at 1 a.m. Tuesday when they couldn't be contacted.
"He was supposed to pick up his daughter and then the mother, Natasha, was supposed to pick up Samantha. We don't know what has happened after this time when she got off work at that point," Guzik said, adding police don't think Martyn, Samantha and Sentes are still in Regina, but she wouldn't go into further detail.
However, Manitoba Mounties said in a news release late Tuesday afternoon they believe Martyn is headed to Manitoba.
Police believe the three may be in a brown, four-door 2007 Ford Taurus with Saskatchewan licence plate 250-FMA.
Samantha is described as Caucasian, long, light brown hair with bangs, weighing 50 pounds and about three feet seven inches. Sentes is described as Caucasian, five feet six inches, 155 pounds, with black curly hair and brown eyes.
Martyn is five feet, eight inches, 225 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, a scar on left wrist and tattoo heart on upper left arm.
Guzik pleaded for people to keep their eyes open.
"We need your help to locate these three people. We have safety concerns and it's very, very important that they be located as soon as possible," she said.