RCMP continue to look for missing Cochrane girls, believe people are helping hide them

RCMP say two girls reported missing from their Cochrane home in mid March have been found safe. File / The Canadian Press
Editor’s note: The two girls were reported found on April 15. Their names have been removed from this article for privacy reasons. 

Alberta RCMP are renewing the plea for information regarding the whereabouts of two young Cochrane girls.

Police first responded to the missing persons report on March 13. It’s believed the girls are with their grandmother and aunt.

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In an update on Thursday, police said they believe the aunt and grandmother are receiving financial assistance from the family in order to avoid being found.

“The RCMP want to send a clear message to those that are assisting, that even if they believe they are acting in their best interests of the children, any assistance provided that contributes to the abduction is a criminal offence and the RCMP will investigate those involved and charges may be laid,” police said in a news release.

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All four were last seen at the children’s home at 9:30 a.m. on March 12.

Since the beginning, officers haven’t believed the girls are in danger, and have said the situation is the result of a “volatile court battle.”

Police said in March the father of the girls had been granted full custody and the abduction stems from custody issues.

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Their father was supposed to pick the girls up on March 12 after winning full custody that morning.

A week after the girls were last seen, police issued a plea to the public for tips on the girls’ whereabouts.

In that update, police said it was not believed the four had left Canada and were still believed to be in the company of their aunt and grandmother.

The girls’ disappearance is being investigated by the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch.

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