Stats will suggest that's most likely the divorced or otherwise separated father of the children, with limited custody.
Their father, Andrew Berry, 43, was taken to hospital, under police guard, with self-inflicted wounds. He was found by officers after they entered the apartment searching for the girls.
The children’s mother, Sarah Cotton, was in a bitter custody battle with Berry, her ex-partner. The pair have been estranged since 2013.
Berry had the children in his care Christmas morning but did not return them to their mother in the afternoon when he was supposed to, according to friends close to Cotton, who has worked in communications in Victoria.
Cotton went to the Oak Bay police station to report the girls as missing, and officers went to the apartment.
In recent months, Cotton took Berry to court, seeking unpaid child-support payments. Berry did not hire a lawyer and represented himself. It’s unclear if he paid the outstanding child support.
Friends said Berry, who left B.C. Ferries in the summer, was having financial problems.
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 27 December 2017 - 06:36 AM.