RCMP are searching for a former area man who was a no-show for his Supreme Court trial on charges of child abduction.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Shelburne County man charged with the abduction of his baby in September 2011.
Police are looking for Collin James Lawrence, 45, after he was a no-show on Monday at his Supreme Court trial on a charge of child abduction.
Shelburne RCMP Cpl. Nancy Mason said they have reason to believe Lawrence is not in the province.
The former grocery store baker is alleged to have taken his newborn child forcibly from its mother after an argument. He was arrested hours later and the baby safely recovered on Highway 104 near the New Brunswick border.
He was later released from jail on strict conditions and was scheduled to have his Supreme Court trial begin on Monday. Dozens of people came for jury selection were sent home.
Despite reservations, RCMP said they held out a glimmer of hope the accused would show for the trial.
“It’s unfortunate …but it was the only way we could proceed,” said Cpl. Mason.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lawrence is asked to call RCMP or the police force of jurisdiction, if outside the province.
“We are pursuing a number of leads outside the province,” said Cpl. Mason.
After the 2011 abduction RCMP said the police force had put “considerable” resources and effort into the search for the man and newborn baby. Police stopped his car near Oxford, about 20 kilometres from the New Brunswick border.