Editor’s note: The two girls were reported found on April 15. Their names have been removed from this article for privacy reasons.
One week after two young children went missing near Cochrane, Alta., the RCMP issued a new plea for help finding the pair whom they believe are with their grandmother and aunt.
“Investigators understand that there are many people who are sympathetic to the custody situation of these children,” police said in a news release issued Friday night. “RCMP are imploring anyone with information to please contact them.”
According to police, the pair were last seen at their grandmother’s rural home near Cochrane at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12.
The two girls were supposed to be picked up that day by their father after he was awarded full custody of his daughters. Zak said that he went to retrieve the children at the home, he arrived to find they were gone.
The disappearances are being investigated by the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch.
“Investigators believe they have not left Canada and still believe the children are in the company of their grandmother … and their aunt,” police said. “RCMP believe (they) are receiving assistance to avoid apprehension. The RCMP is making a request of anyone who may be assisting (them) in hiding the children to contact police.
“Those assisting (them) may believe they are acting in the best interests of the children, however, those who assist in the commission of a criminal offence can be charged criminally with aiding and abetting.”
–With files from Global News’ Jenna Freeman