RCMP seek assistance to locate father and daughter, Jesse and Violet Bennet, 7 – UPDATED

North Cowichan/Duncan, BC – Over the course of the last week RCMP officers in North Cowichan/Duncan have continued efforts to locate Jesse and Violet Bennett, who were reported missing on January 23, 2022, but to date they have not been located. (Link to previous news release)

Thanks to the media and the public who have widely shared Violet and Jesse’s photos, the number of tips received has sparked the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP General Investigations Section (GIS) to take the investigation on.

Sgt. Trevor Busch of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP states, “We have received a large number of possible sightings across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and even into the Southeastern part of the province. Certainly, this is largely thanks to those who have shared Jesse and Violet’s photos, through both mainstream and social media.”

Today, we are asking people to be on the lookout not only for Violet and Jesse but also for the vehicle Jesse is believed to be driving, a 2005 grey Honda Civic, four door sedan bearing BC license plate HL111E with distinctive, Christianity focused stickers on the back, Busch continues.

Stock image 2005 grey Honda Civic, not actual vehicle
Stock image 2005 grey Honda Civic, not actual vehicle

We have no reason to believe that Violet is in danger but she is supposed to be with her mother and that is the primary goal at this time, to locate Violet and return her to her mother, as the court has ordered. Police believe that Jesse is evading contact in order to keep Violet with him.

Anyone with information about Jesse’s or Violet’s whereabouts is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at or the police in their jurisdiction to report.

File # 2022-996

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

BACKGROUND:

North Cowichan, Duncan, BC – The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP is seeking public assistance to locate Jesse Bennet and his 7-year-old daughter Violet who were reported missing yesterday afternoon.

On January 23, 2022 North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a report from family that Jesse and Violet Bennet, 7, were missing from their residence which is located in the North Cowichan/Duncan, BC area.

On January 20 Victoria Family Law Court set out a Joint Custody agreement and ordered Jesse Bennet to return Violet the same day to her mother.

“To date, police and family have not been able to make contact with Jesse or Violet Bennet. We believe that Jesse Bennet is actively evading police and is in breach of the custody order, requiring him to return Violet to her mother,” states Sgt. Trevor Busch of the North Cowichan RCMP.

Jesse Bennet is described as a Caucasian man, 36-years-old, 5’10”, 160 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair (possibly shaved head or wearing hat), with a beard.

Jesse Bennet
Jesse Bennet

Violet Bennet is described as a Caucasian girl, 7-years-old, approximately 4’ft tall, weighing 50-60 pounds, with blue eyes and big natural curly hair.

Violet Bennet
Violet Bennet
Violet Bennet
Violet Bennet

If you have information about Jesse or Violet’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the police in your jurisdiction, or the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

File # 2022-996

BC RCMP

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