Real Name: Emilie Claire Pearson Hardy
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Date: January 29, 1995
Date of Birth: January 8, 1992
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blond hair, blue eyes. She likes dancing, sing-a-longs, and The Lion King.
Details: Three-year-old Emilie Hardy was the daughter of Joanne Pearson and Rejean Hardy. After they divorced, Joanne remarried and received primary custody of her. Rejean also remarried and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. On January 29, 1995, he picked her up from Joanne's home in Grand Junction, Colorado, for a scheduled custody visit. They never returned; instead, they flew back to Phoenix where he stole his second wife's car. Joanne has been searching from them ever since.
Suspects: Rejean has been charged with felony violation of custody in relation to Emilie's abduction.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on a Special Bulletin in the October 20, 1995 episode, along with that of Red Dye Robber.
Results: Solved. In August 1997, a golf course manager recognized Emilie and Rejean after receiving a missing persons flier from the Missing Children Society of Canada, a Canadian missing children's organization. They had been living in Guadalajara, Mexico with Rejean's second wife, a Mexican national. On September 2, they were arrested in Guadalajara by FBI agents. However, a housekeeper and two teenage boys escaped with Emilie. The next day, she was reunited with Joanne and her stepfather, Charlie. Two days after that, she was returned to Colorado and reunited with the rest of her family. Although she could only speak Spanish, she and Joanne were able to easily reconnect after their two-year separation.
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- Sloan defends search methods
- A thankless search for missing children
- Mass mailing seeks info on missing girl
- The search for Emilie - 1 year after abduction, tot's mom won't quit
- Stiffer price for parental kidnapping is proposed
- Child Find (1996)
- Emilie Hardy Missing Poster
- After 2 years, mom learning to accept that missing child could be anywhere
- Abducted girl found in Mexico
- Mother, daughter reunited
- "Overwhelming" - Reunited mom, girl come home
- Kidnapped daughter returns after two years
- City man arrested in kidnapping
- Women find abducted child in Mexico
- Pearson family getting reacquainted after daughters abduction, nearly 3-year absence
- One mother's love triumphs
- GJ cops looking for pair accused of kidnapping