CALGARY – Two young Alberta girls who went missing earlier this week have been found safe and sound, and their mother has been arrested.
The sisters went missing from their elementary school in Vulcan, Alberta on Monday, and on Wednesday an Amber Alert was issued in both B.C. and Alberta as officers searched for them.
Officials said they issued the Amber Alerts when their investigation led them to believe the situation had become desperate and the girls could be in grave danger. The Amber Alert was first issued in B.C., then Alberta a few hours later.
“I think it was handled to the best of the police’s information that they had at that time. They did decide to go with it a couple of hours later, but again, they can only operate on the information that they have at that particular time,” said Alberta’s Justice Minister, Jonathan Denis. “It’s very easy to second guess, and I think there’s always room for improvement, but at the same time we have to just be happy that nothing serious has happened in this instance.”
Public tips and information helped RCMP locate the girls and their mother in a campground in Boston Bar, B.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
RCMP say six-year-old Taya Meisel and 12-year-old Talisha appear in good health.
Their mother, 48-year-old Trina Meisel, who does not have legal guardianship, faces two counts of abduction.
The young girls are currently in the custody of children services and will be reunited with their family, who are enroute to B.C.
WATCH: Alberta RCMP update the public Wednesday evening after two missing girls are found
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