Fugitive Norwegian mother Camilla Ellefsen is living in Sydney with her daughter Reya, according to an unnamed friend.
Reya’s father Brozzi Lunetta had believed the pair were living in Queensland after more than a decade on the run. He told News.com.au that he was now considering a fourth trip to Australia.
“I feel like we’re getting closer. Everyone in my life says this is the year.”
Ellefsen is reported to have abducted their daughter and fled to Australia from the United States in 2002 after a court awarded custody to Lunetta. The pair arrived in Australia the following year but to date the Australian Federal Police have failed to locate them
A friend of the former singer has now claimed the pair have lived in the eastern suburbs of Sydney for a number of years.
“I’ve known her for a few years. While I didn’t know her full story she was not secretive about the fact that she didn’t feel she could be public. It was pretty clear she was keeping a low profile because she didn’t want to be found by her ex-partner.”
The woman added:
“I haven’t seen her for a few months but she texts me regularly and asks to meet up. When she came to dinner and we went out for drinks she was a very normal grounded woman but very nervous and very in fear of her own safety. She was also a very good mother.”
Ellefsen was in a long-term relationship with a man from Lismore who acted as a father figure to the child, the friend claimed.
Brozzi Lunetta has filed an application for the return of Reya under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, an international treaty governing the return of children abducted from one member state into another. Both Australia and the United States are signatories.
The case is also the subject of an FBI investigation.
Earlier this year, Lunetta released a fictional feature film called Reya which he hoped would raise awareness of the case.
He now lives in Oslo and recently became a father for the second time.
Lunetta does not wish, he claims, to see his former partner go to prison.
“Camilla going to a US prison doesn’t help my daughter whatsoever so if there is any way we can arrange … to bring Reya to Norway and let her have two separate loving homes, I would sign over my [sole] custody,”
“I have a very strong foundation now within the community here in Oslo. I have a seven-week-old son here. I live on a beautiful farm. We’re living the dream apart from this one element of this nightmare that follows me around.”
Photo of Sydney by Kazuhisa Togo via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence