The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch advise that both 5-year-old Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and 2-year-old Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak were located safe yesterday evening in the Columbia Valley, B.C.
Mounties in Cochrane need help finding two kids they believe were abducted by their aunt and grandmother, according to a news release issued Sunday.
Police responded to a report of two missing girls and two missing women on March 13.
RCMP believe Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak, 5, and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak, 2, are with their grandmother Therese O’Driscoll, 68, and their aunt Alison O’Driscoll, 38.
Police say all four were last seen at the children’s home in Cochrane on Friday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Officers don’t believe the children are in danger, adding that this situation is the result of a “volatile court battle.” RCMP have not been able to reach the adults involved.
Const. Shelley Nasheim said this incident did not meet the threshold for an Amber Alert.
“At this point in time, it is believed that the children are not at risk, that they’re with people who care for them, and [officers are] at this point, trying to locate them and confirm everyone’s welfare and safety, and make sure that this isn’t something more than families that are concerned about the custody of the children,” she said.
The alleged abduction stems from custody issues, according to Nasheim.
“From what I was advised, the father was granted full custody,” she said.
Colin Zak told Global News he hasn’t slept in two days because his daughters are missing.
“They’re nowhere to be found. Where have they gone?” he said.
Leonine is four-feet tall and 60 pounds, and has a slim build, blue eyes and long blond hair.
Wyatt is three-feet tall and 40 pounds, and has a slim build, blue eyes and long blond hair.
Therese is five-feet-two-inches tall and 119 pounds, and has a slim build, medium-length grey hair and blue eyes.
Alison is five-feet-three-inches tall and 119 pounds, and has a slim build, long brown hair and blue eyes.
If you have information on their location, contact Cochrane RCMP at 403-932-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.