Lawrence Woman Charged in Fleeing to Europe With Daughters

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas woman has been charged after she fled to Europe with her 9-year-old and 11-year-old daughters.

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office says Samantha Elmer was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated interference with parental custody.

Authorities say Elmer and the girls were was last seen October 26th in Lawrence. The girls’ father, Justin Bush of Smithville, Missouri says he contacted Elmer after the girls missed several days of school and Elmer told him the girls were ill.

Bush contacted Lawrence police a few days later and they traced Elmer to Europe.

Sergeant Trent McKinley says missing person profiles have been created on Interpol, which assists in solving international crimes.

Bush says Elmer left ahead of a custody hearing and a November 2nd trial on theft charges.