Police are releasing new information as an Amber Alert for two children, believed to be in the company of their mother, her boyfriend and their grandfather, enters its sixth day.
Surrey RCMP issued the alert last Wednesday after 45-year-old Verity Bolton failed to return her two kids, eight-year-old Aurora Bolton and 10-year-old Joshuah Bolton to their father at the end of a planned vacation.
They are also believed to be in the company of Verity’s father, Robert Bolton and her boyfriend, Abraxas Glazov.
Investigators now believe the parental abduction of Aurora and Joshuah was pre-planned, police said.
“This information supports that Verity Bolton, Robert Bolton, Abraxas Glazov have moved ‘off the grid’ with the children and are believed to be living in trailers somewhere in a rural area,” police said in a media release.
There have been confirmed sightings in Kelowna, Merritt and Kamloops.
Police said they have received more than 180 tips, however, there has not been a confirmed sighting of Aurora or Joshuah since July 7 when they were seen at a gas station in Merritt.
Investigators are releasing details about Glazov and Robert Bolton in order to advance the investigation.
Glazov is a 53-year-old man from Nelson, who has connections to the Deadman Valley and Vidette Lake area. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and he has a history of living off the grid for periods of time, according to police.
Robert Bolton is a 74-year-old man from the Chilliwack area. On June 30, Verity met up with her father at his home and he has not returned since. Robert has health concerns and may present as confused and/or disoriented, police added.
“The public is going to play a major role in locating Aurora and Joshuah,” Sgt. Tammy Lobb, media relations officer with Surrey RCMP, said in the release. “We need the public to be alive to the information and photos we have shared and to be our eyes and ears and continue to call us with any tips and possible sightings”.
The group is believed to be travelling in a dark blue 2012 Dodge Ram 2500, with the B.C. licence plate SJ2708.