TORONTO — An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday for five children allegedly abducted by their father sometime last month from the Niagara Region of southern Ontario, with investigators concerned for the children’s safety.
Evalyn, 5, Mattias, 10, Sovereign MacDermid, 11, Eska, 13, and Magnus, 14, were last seen in the community of Jordan in the town of Lincoln, Ont., which is located approximately 50 kilometres east of Hamilton, according to Niagara Regional Police Service.
Const. Phil Gavin told reporters the current whereabouts of the children, who are all Asian, are unknown and their “safety is our primary concern.”
Police believe the children were taken from their family home sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.
The Amber Alert was issued shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday after Family and Children’s Services of Niagara reported the children missing to police in the past 24 hours, Gavin said.
Police identified the suspect as the children’s 49-year-old father, Ian MacDermid. Police say the father contravened a temporary custody order by failing to return them.
MacDermid is described as being six feet tall and 280 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair and facial hair, and was last seen driving a gold or beige pickup truck. Gavin said the licence plate for the vehicle is unknown at this time.
As of Tuesday, Gavin said police didn’t know if MacDermid owned the vehicle or if he’d borrowed it.
He added that the family has resided in the Toronto area in the past, so investigators say “that it’s a possibility” the children could have been taken there.
Gavin is urging “the public to be on the alert” and that anyone with information about MacDermid’s whereabouts is urged to call 911.
To leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers, call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or visit Crime Stoppers of Niagara online.
source : UCnews