WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police are asking Sandra Giesbrecht, the mother who allegedly abducted her two children, to “do the right thing” and bring her kids home.
Montana, 11, and Josh Giesbrecht, 9, went missing from a residence in the St. James area near Lumsden Avenue Monday night. They are believed to be with their mother who police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for.
Detective Sgt. Shaunna Neufeld from the Winnipeg Police Missing Persons Unit, made a public announcement Thursday, asking Giesbrecht, 44, to come forward.
“I’m asking Sandra for you to connect with me so we can talk. I know in your heart you want to do the right thing,” said Neufeld.
Neufeld said she has reached out to Giesbrecht every day since the investigation started, letting her know she wants to “to resolve this peacefully.”
“I understand that you are in a difficult situation. I want to help you,” pleaded Neufeld. “I’m a mother too Sandra, of three children and I know the unconditional love you have for your children.”
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Giesbrecht is alleged to have abducted or had help abducting her two children who are not supposed to be in her custody.
Police said they have a better description of the car believed to be used in the alleged abduction.
“It may have been an eco-type, small, four door white car with black trim around the windows,” said Neufeld. “We believe Sandra used this vehicle to take the kids.”
Detectives want anyone who may have been in contact with Giesbrecht, or her children, over the past three days to reach out.”
“You need to do the right thing,” said Neufeld. “Those of you who have been in contact or supporting Sandra, you need to help us all as a community bring this to a peaceful quick conclusion.”
Giesbrecht and her ex-husband have been embroiled in a bitter custody battle for nearly three years. Just a few months ago he was given sole custody of the children.
“This is really, really important and if you have information this is not about taking sides,” said Christy Dzikowicz from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “This is about getting these kids home safely. This isn’t a good situation for them to be in. There is no time for hesitation.”
A Canada-wide warrant for Giesbrecht was issued on Wednesday and remains in effect. Everyone involved in the case want to see these two children brought home safely.
“A life running from the police and from this situation and from home isn’t good,” said Dzikowicz. “This would not be a joyful situation. This would be a stressful situation. It’s a bit of a desperate situation.”
Montana is about 4’5” and was wearing a yellow Minion t-shirt when she was last seen. Josh is 4’2” and was wearing a blue sweater over a baseball t-shirt.
Police are not issuing an AMBER Alert because they do not feel the case meets the criteria for one.
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Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.
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