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Police search for father, daughter after they did not return from overseas trip

Peel police are seeking the public's help in an abduction case after a six-year-old girl and her father did not return from a trip to France and Germany last year.

Case deemed an abduction after father, 39, did not return from Europe with daughter, 6

Police say John Varga Cueves, 39, took his six-year-old daughter on a trip to France and Germany, but they did not return as planned in August 2018. (Peel Regional Police)

Peel, Ont., police are seeking the public's help in an abduction case after a six-year-old girl and her father did not return from a trip to France and Germany last year.

Police say the mother allowed her ex-husband, 39-year-old John Varga Cueves, to take their daughter on the trip to France and Germany, but they did not return as planned in August 2018.

Police were notified and have been working with international agencies to locate them.

Peel police spokesman Const. Akhil Mooken says officers are asking for the public's help nearly a year later because all leads were exhausted overseas.

Peel police have been working with international agencies to locate this girl. (Peel Regional Police)

Mooken says a court order in place states that the girl must reside with the mother, and so the case was deemed an abduction when the father did not return with her.

Police say the girl is described as four feet tall, 80 pounds, thin build, brown, shoulder-length curly hair and brown eyes.

Police say a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Cueves, who is described as five-foot-eight, 160 pounds, with a light complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and possibly a goatee.