Alan Langdon threatened to disappear with daughter before video

RNZ

Mother of Que Landon pleads for Australian search

A father who disappeared with his six-year-old daughter has threatened to take her before. 

Alan Langdon,49, and Que left Kawhia Harbour on December 17 on a white catamaran and haven't been heard from since.

It was originally thought the duo were heading to the Bay of Islands to spend time with friends and family. But it's now thought they could be heading to Australia. 

Alan Langdon and his daughter, Que.
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Alan Langdon and his daughter, Que.

Langdon's estranged wife, Ariane Wyler, who is based in Nelson but is currently on holiday in her home country of Switzerland, told RNZ that she'd been verbally threatened before.

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"Not only once, more than once, that I will never see my daughter again and I will not be able to find them, so make up your own mind what you want to read into this.

"I'm totally convinced and I know Alan and he's capable of disappearing. He's done it in the past on his own, this time Que is with him.  Australia is very, very, very large as we all know and people do disappear and I totally believe he's capable of doing that. So that is also a crucial point, time matters if you understand once he gets to the shore he can disappear - he can vanish and I'm convinced of that."

New Zealand authorities have stopped actively searching for Langdon, and Wyler told RNZ that she hoped Australian authorities would actively get involved and make people aware that Langdon and Que could be heading their way. 

"Please start searching, put it out in the media and say, look, if Alan and Que are on the Australian coast and other boaties, sailors see them it wouldn't come to their mind to think they've just come across the Tasman so we need to make people, the public, aware that it's likely that he's coming to Australia very shortly. I'm not sure when but I guess soon."

Wyler said she believed Que would know that something was wrong. 

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"Because he would have had to tell her a story or an intention that he's going up to Bay of Island to see friends and family. She's got a  girlfriend in the Bay of Islands and she definitely would have been looking forward to seeing her. I don't know when she found out that they weren't going there."

Interpol has been notified of the missing boat and its occupants on the chance that they are sailing to Australia or the Pacific Islands.

"I trust Alan in regards he's competent as a sea-going person, doesn't mean that he's a competent sailor that's taking precautionary actions for his crew and passengers, some people would disagree that he's a competent sailor. 

"He knows the sea and wind. He's a very capable man he can fix things he's very good at that but I don't think anybody would say anybody that is right in their mind would take their six-year-old girl from New Zealand across the Tasman in a six-metre catamaran."

- Audio courtesy of RNZ

 

 - Waikato Times

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