Mathieu-Pierre Etienne Macintosh
Mathieu-Pierre Etienne Macintosh is believed
to be in the company of his mother Christine Etienne.
Mathieu-Pierre was last seen by his father in September 2013.
Since this time, Mathieu-Pierre’s father has been
trying to recover and return him to Australia. Mathieu-Pierre is
the subject of a Hague Convention Return Order.
The location of Mathieu-Pierre and Christine is
unknown, however it is thought they could be residing in France
If you have any information relating to the
whereabouts of Mathieu-Pierre or Christine please contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or your local police.
THE night of September 24, 2013 will be forever etched in
the memories of Mike Macintosh and Chris Teale.
Two men from different cities, from different walks of life,
with different interests. But forever bound by the love they
share for the same missing little boy, taken from them on that
Matthieu-Pierre Michael Etienne Macintosh has not been heard
from in years.
He is now 13 years old and still very much alive, investigators
The Australian Federal Police — who continue to actively
investigate the case — suspect Matthieu, or Mat, as he’s known,
is being held by his mother Christine Etienne somewhere in
Christine is the ex-partner of both Mike and Chris.
Mike, from Sydney, is Mat’s biological father and Chris, from
the Brisbane suburb of Hendra, is considered Mat’s stepfather.
The pair consider themselves Mat’s “two dads”.
Despite their differences and the oddity of their relationship,
Mike and Chris are “the best of mates”.
They have worked together for the last three-and-a-half years to
bring Mat home.
“We’re just two blokes after the same kid,” Chris said.
“Mat got to know Mike as his father and I got to know Mike as a
friend. Our main common bond was Mat. I assisted Mike in his
fatherhood journey with Mat.”
“My first impressions of Chris were of a friendly person,
although I was somewhat wary of him,” Mike added.
“Despite the fact that Chris and I are quite different people,
we had common goal in caring for Mat as he grew up,”
Mike met Christine in November 2000 in Thailand. Their
relationship blossomed in Australia and Mat was born in April
But the pressures of working full-time and a new child began to
create division in their relationship. Despite attempts to save
their marriage, it inadvertently crumbled. However, the pair
would share custody for Mat for years to come.
Chris and Christine hit it off almost immediately after Mike and
Christine’s relationship had ended in 2006.
Chris and Christine had worked together in Sydney since the time
Christine had been pregnant with Mat.
The new couple would eventually move in together and had regular
contact with Mike, who would sometimes visit Mat at the home.
“Chris, Mat and I spent increasing time together and our
friendship developed to the point where the three of us
travelled extensively both here in Australia and abroad,” Mike
“Within a couple of years, Mat had become comfortable in having
But like Mike and Christine’s relationship, things between Chris
and Christine soured.
When their relationship fell apart, Mike and Chris’ friendship
On September 24, 2013, Christine and Mat left for a six-week
holiday in Christine’s native France.
They were due to return to Australia on November 2.
The return never came.
Concern overwhelmed Mike and Chris.
Their treasured memories of Mat raced through their mind for
days on end.
The time Mike and Mat were playing football in the apartment on
a rainy day. That afternoon Mat kept hitting sixes during a game
of cricket after school with his mates, as Chris watched on.
Would they ever see him again? Both were determined to ensure
Mike made regular attempts to try and persuade Christine to come
home with their son in early 2014.
After months of anguish and nothing to show for it, Mike
contacted the International Social Services of Australia in
He applied for a court order that would force Christine to bring
Mat home under The Hague Convention — an agreement between
Australia and other nations to return children to their country
Following days of his own searching in France, Mike received
good news on October 8, 2014, when a French court ruled that Mat
be returned to Australia,
But attempts to force Christine to give up her son proved to be
Desperate and running out of ideas, Mike turned to a private
investigator in 2015 after conducting his own research from his
More recently he has started up Facebook pages to boost the
profile of the case overseas.
That’s where he’s had the most success.
“I engaged a well-known child retrieval agent here in Australia
who has assisted in establishing and maintaining the two
Facebook pages which currently target northern France and
southern Belgium,” Mike said.
“The idea behind this marketing is to specifically target
certain age groups and demographics to highlight Mat as missing
in the aim that someone notices and notifies the authorities.”
It proved to be Mike’s biggest victory since the court result,
with hits on the pages earlier this year.
Someone had visited one of the pages several times, sparking
suspicion among Mike and Chris that Christine was looking.
The pair believe she may have left France for a town on
Belgium’s west coast in recent months, based on the location and
number of Facebook page visits.
Mike is yet to find concrete evidence of Christine and Mat’s
“Facebook statistics have provided valuable information as to
where an interested party generally located, however without
intervention by law enforcement agencies, we are unable to drill
down and locate an exact address of the interested party,” Mike
“The information will however enable me to personally conduct
further searches in the towns indicated.”
Last month, the AFP released age-progressed images of several
missing children to give the public an idea of what they might
look like today. Mat was the poster boy of the new campaign. But
sadly, the move is yet to have any impact on the case.
Mike said he may fly to Europe to conduct his own search again
someway soon. He misses his bubbly, sporty and intelligent boy
Until that day, however, he and Chris only want to give strength
to other parents going through a similar suffering and raise
awareness about parental abduction.
Research shows that more than 90 per cent of the children
involved in parental abduction suffer discernible effects on
their mental health which impair them as adults.
“The biggest issue faced by the left behind parents is that
there appears to be a lack of information on the process to
follow and a designated government department to guide one
through the process, which is very much required when through
such an emotional experience,” Mike said.
“I just would like society to always remember we should not be
quick to give in to the most common or socially accepted norms
that the mother is better suited to raise a child.”