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Boy may be disguised

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

Vancouver police say a woman who allegedly abducted her nine-year-old son contrary to a custody order may have changed his appearance and dyed his hair.

Police say Shawana Chaudhary, also known as Shawna, could also have changed her own appearance and may be using an old legal name.

She was previously called Virjinia Leeman, which could be spelled Virginia Leman.

Police say the boy, named Emerson, was last seen on Friday morning with his mother and six-year-old sister, who is not believed to be the subject of a custody order.

Police say Emerson's father went to pick him up on Friday after school as per his court-ordered parenting time, but the boy was missing.

Chaudhary is 34 and police say she may also be travelling with one or two dogs.

– The Canadian Press


UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

The search for a Vancouver mom who allegedly abducted her nine-year-old son led police to break down the door of her west side home over the weekend, according to neighbours.

Witnesses said police showed up at Shawana Chaudhary's house on Friday, then returned midday Saturday with more than a dozen officers and a battering ram.

But the 34-year-old suspect and her son, Emerson Cusworth, both remain missing, and the front door of her home has since been boarded up.


ORIGINAL: 8:08 a.m.

Vancouver police are looking for a nine-year-old boy and his mother who allegedly abducted him.

Shawana Chaudhary, 34, allegedly abducted her son on March 9 contrary to a court-imposed custody order.

The Vancouver woman may be traveling with her son, Emerson Cusworth, and her six-year-old daughter.

She made plans to leave home for an extended period and may be traveling with the two kids and one or two dogs.

There is no indication that either child is in imminent danger.

Chaudhary looks South Asian and is 5-foot-8, weighing about 106 pounds, with long dark hair and dark eyes.

Emerson is nine years old, appears South Asian, weighing about 55 pounds, with short black hair and dark eyes.

Police are not releasing additional information about her daughter.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts, recent activities, or travel plans is asked to call 911, investigators at 604-717-0601, or CrimeStopppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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