The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police have issued an Amber Alert to locate two young girls and their father who police believe were in a car crash Wednesday night in Lévis and left the scene on foot.
Police issued the Alert at 3 p.m. on Thursday to search for the two missing girls, aged 11 and six, who police say were likely abducted by their father, Martin Carpentier, 44, in Lévis, located in eastern Quebec.
The 44-year-old suspect was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, jeans, and might be wearing glasses. He measures around 5’10 and weighs 130 pounds.
The eldest missing girl is Norah Carpentier, 11, thin, and she stands 5’2. She was last seen wearing a white cap and white Nike sandals.
The second missing girl is Romy Carpentier, who is six years old, stands 3 feet and weighs 43 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, heart-shaped earrings and red nail polish.
The two young girls and the suspect were last seen at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening close to a convenient store near highway 20 in the Saint-Nicolas area of Lévis. Police say they were seen in a 2008 Volkswagen Passat.
An hour later at 9:30 p.m., authorities were called to highway 20 (at kilometre 288) in the area of Saint-Apollinaire, a suburb of Quebec City, where they found a flipped Volkswagen vehicle on the side of the highway. The car was heading east and for unknown reasons, skidded into the median, flipped over and landed on the shoulder of the westbound portion of the highway.
According to authorities, the crashed car was found abandoned and very damaged, with no one inside or on the scene. No other vehicle was implicated in the crash. Police say signs point to the three fleeing the scene of the crash on foot.
Authorities are asking everyone in the region to check their sheds, cabins or anywhere people can take refuge as police say they worry for the safety and well-being of the two young girls, as well as the suspect.
Police say officers canvassed the area all night Thursday. Special teams with the police force are continuing the search Friday.
Officials urge anyone who believes they may have seen any of the three or anyone with information to call 911.
–With files from The Canadian Press