TIMELINE: From abduction to justice, the story of the Maryk children
WINNIPEG — It took four years to find Abby and Dominic Maryk after they went missing in 2008 following a visit with their father, Kevin Maryk.
Maryk and the children disappeared from Winnipeg and weren’t found until 2012, when authorities in Mexico stormed an apartment in Guadalajara.
Global News has pieced together a timeline of the events:
Aug. 16, 2008 – Abby, 5, and Dominic Maryk, 7, go on a two-week holiday with their father, Kevin Maryk, 37. Their mother, Emily Cablek, 26, has custody of the children, but Maryk has court-authorized visitation rights.
Aug. 19, 2008 – Kevin Maryk and the children are seen at a car rental agency in the area of King Edward Street.
Sept. 1, 2008 – The Maryk children are supposed to be returned to Cablek but Maryk fails to drop them off.
September 2008 – Police issue a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Kevin Maryk. Officers believe he abducted the children.
October 2008 – Winnipeg police reveal they have recovered a car Kevin Maryk had rented. The vehicle was found in a Winnipeg parking lot. Child Find Manitoba continues to appeal to the public for any information to help bring the children home.
August 2009 – Officers release information saying Kevin Maryk’s nephew, Cody McKay, has not been seen since Aug. 16, 2008. Police issue a warrant for his arrest and seek help from the public in locating both men and the two children. Police post a video appeal from Cablek hoping it will help bring in tips.
August 2009 – It is one year since the children went missing. America’s Most Wanted posts the case on its website.
Feb. 6, 2011 – Robert Groen is seen leaving his residence in Winnipeg, the last time he’s seen there.
September 2011 – As the three-year anniversary of the children’s disappearance comes and goes, Cablek starts a trust fund to aid in the search for her kids, who police now say are no longer in Canada.
Sept. 15, 2011 – Police publicly name Robert Groen as a third suspect. A Canada-wide warrant is issued for his arrest. Groen is a friend and neighbour of Kevin Maryk. Police say they believe Groen helped kidnap Abby and Dominic. Groen is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Dec. 19, 2011 – A YouTube video released by the Winnipeg Police Service’s video production unit shows age-progression photos of the two children.
May 25, 2012 – A tip comes in saying the children are living in an apartment in Mexico. Mexican police raid a home in the city. Police rescue Abby and Dominic, aged 9 and 11. The apartment they are found living in has barbed wire and surveillance cameras surrounding it and is patrolled by dogs.
July 19, 2012 – Mexican officials escort Groen to Toronto, where he is turned over to the RCMP and returned to Winnipeg on July 20, 2012.
Nov. 1, 2012 – The Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit goes to Mexico City, Mexico, where they arrest Kevin Maryk on two Canada-wide warrants for his involvement in the abduction of his two children, Abby and Dominic Maryk.
Kevin Maryk is extradited back to Canada from Mexico and is charged with:
- two counts of abduction in contravention of a court order, and
- two counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence (abduction).
June 19, 2014 – Robert Groen pleads guilty to being a party to abduction for his role in the kidnappings. Groen is sentenced to one year in prison.
June 26, 2014 – Kevin Maryk pleads guilty to kidnapping his children.
Sept. 11, 2014: Kevin Maryk is sentenced to four years in prison, or one year after he gets credit for time served.
The third suspect, Cody McKay, remains at large and is believed to be living somewhere in Mexico.
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