Justin Bush has already bought his daughters’ Christmas gifts and decorated his home for the holidays, but the father has no idea if his girls will be able to celebrate with him.
That’s because six weeks ago, Bush’s ex-wife Samantha Elmer fled with Taylor, 11, and Morgan, 9, from Lawrence, Kansas to Austria without Bush’s permission, say police. And the girls haven’t been heard from since.
A felony warrant for Interference with Custody was issued for Elmer on Nov. 4 — the same day that the exes were due in court for a custody hearing — according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
“It terrifies me to imagine what they’re going through,” the Smithville, Missouri dad, 33, tells Yahoo Parenting. Although he and Elmer, 33, had joint custody of the girls, who had lived with their mom following the 2013 divorce, Bush was granted sole custody at the hearing.
“They don’t have much clothing, no toys, and have been out of school for six weeks now,” he says. “I can only hope she’s telling them that they’re on vacation.”
(Photo: Bring Back the Bush Girls “Taylor and Morgan”/Facebook)
Bush remarried following his split from Elmer, which occurred after nine years of marriage, and says that because the kids’ custody arrangement “wasn’t working well at all,” he and his current wife “thought that [Elmer] would run, but didn’t ever think that she’d go international.”
Samantha Elmer (Photo: Bring Back the Bush Girls “Taylor and Morgan”/Facebook)