THE father of a missing Blackpool girl hopes a huge reward will shed light on the whereabouts.
Henry Da Massa should have been celebrating with his daughter on her seventh birthday yesterday.
But, the distraught father has not seen little Pearl since she was abducted by her mother, Blackpool-born Helen Gavaghan, who fled to America more than two years ago.
Helen, who is originally from North Shore and attended Greenlands and the former Knowle High School before leaving the area to go to university, was last known to be living in an ‘alternative community’ in Canada.
The Missing Children’s Society of Canada has now offered a $10,000 reward – equivalent to around £6,000 – for information which locates Pearl.
Mr Da Massa, 41, who has been living in Toronto for a year while the international investigation into his daughter’s disappearance continues, said: “It’s Pearl’s seventh birthday and it’s another day she will be further away from having a healthy life. It’s another day she’s away from her growth into a stable adult life.
“The bulk of her life has been on the run – she can’t make friends, she’s not going to the dentist, the doctors or school.
“This is about a child in danger who needs to be brought back to safety.”
Pearl is the subject of a joint custody order between her parents and the High Court has deemed Pearl’s removal from England as unlawful.
A UK arrest warrant, extradition warrant and an Interpol RED notice have been issued for 33-year-old Helen.
Mr Da Massa, who is from Manchester, added: “I’m hoping the appeal and reward will work. There are still a lot of answers we are trying to get out of people. There is a lot of concern about Pearl, she needs to be brought back to stability and safety.”
Helen flew from Manchester to Cancún, Mexico, and crossed into the USA on foot with Pearl during December 2008. They were later identified in Toronto, Canada.
Helen holds a passport in the name of Meta International but has also been known as Dana Flaherty and has changed Pearl’s name to Belle.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “There are concerns for Pearl following information given to Toronto Police by a healthcare professional and a source close to the alternative community. They described Pearl as showing clear signs of trauma, social isolation and continued upheaval over a prolonged period.”
Anyone in the UK with information should call South Manchester CID on (0161) 856 4843 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.