December 10, 2013 – A few days after the interview with Josh and posting this story, the children and mother were located.
Samantha Elmer, 33, was arrested Tuesday after returning to the U.S. from Europe with the girls, according to federal prosecutors. She is charged with one count of international parental kidnapping and appeared in court on the charge Wednesday.
Original Story: Taylor, 11, and Morgan, 9, Bush has been missing since Oct. 26. They were last seen with their mother Samantha Elmer in Smithville, MO. Josh Bush the sister’s dad called the police on Oct. 29 and the police checked their Lawrence home but did not find them there.
Bush learned that Elmer had rented a car in Kansas City, drove to Chicago and got her daughters passports without Josh’s consent. They boarded a plan for a round-trip to Turkey, then Austria. They were suppose to come back but they never boarded the plane.
Authorities have determined that the sisters and mother have left the U.S. and have gone to Europe. It is theorized that Elmer left to avoid a custody hearing. Elmer was facing criminal charges for identity theft, felony theft and criminal use of financial cards in Johnson County, and was to go to court Nov. 2. Josh asked for a custody hearing and was scheduled to go to court a few days after they went missing. According to Josh, “When she took off with the girls to avoid both the custody hearing and her criminal trial I was awarded sole and physical custody. Up until that point we had joint custody.”
Currently the sisters are profiled on Interpol and the Lawrence police are seeking a warrant for aggravated interference with parental custody. Currently Elmer has not been charged with any crimes, but the Douglas County district attorney is reviewing the case.
Taylor has blonde hair and blue eyes, is approximately 4 feet tall and weighs about 75 pounds. She has a scar on her right knee and forearm. Morgan has blonde hair and green eyes, is 3 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds. She may be wearing glasses. Elmer has blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. Elmer was a baker who owned The Elm Bakery in Cleveland before she moved to Eudora in August.