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Amber Alert cancelled as 5 children from Niagara Region remain missing – Global News

October 1st, 2019

An Amber Alert has been cancelled for five children allegedly taken by their father from Jordan, Ont., even though they are still missing.

The alert was issued by the Ontario Provincial Police at the request of Niagara Regional Police just before 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Police said in a statement the children, who range between five and 14 years old, were last seen in Jordan, west of St. Catharines. Officers alleged the children were taken from the family home sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25.

“The children are subject to a temporary custody order and their father is currently in contravention of the order by failing to return them. Detectives are concerned for the welfare and safety of the children,” Const. Phil Gavin told reporters Tuesday evening.

“We are asking the public to be alert for these people and if anyone has information we’re asking them to contact their local police as soon as they can.”

He said a missing person report was filed by Family and Children’s Services Niagara some time up to 24 hours before the alert was issued.

Gavin said officers believe the family might be heading to Toronto and could be travelling in a gold or beige pick-up truck, but their current whereabouts are “unknown.” The licence plate is currently known. He noted the family previously lived in Toronto and may have family or friends in the area.

Just after 10:10 p.m. ET, Amber Alert Ontario said on Twitter that the alert was cancelled.

“Children have not been located, investigation continued,” the agency wrote.

“To provide information, please contact Ontario Provincial Police or Niagara Regional Police at 911.”

The father was identified as 49-year-old Ian Glenn MacDermid. He was described as being six feet tall and weighing approximately 280 pounds. Police said he has blue eyes, blond hair and a beard.

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The children were identified as five-year-old Evelyn, 10-year-old Mattias, 11-year-old Sovereign, 13-year-old Eska and 14-year-old Magnus MacDermid.

Police described Evelyn as being three-foot-eight, weighing about 40 pounds, and having brown hair and brown eyes.

Mattias was described as being four-foot-eight, weighing about 80 pounds, and having brown hair and brown eyes.

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Sovereign was described as being five-foot-two, weighing about 140 pounds, and having brown hair and brown eyes.

Eska was described as being five-foot-one, weighing about 70 pounds, and having long brown hair and brown eyes.

Magnus was described as being five-foot-six, weighing about 110 pounds, and having black, spikey hair and brown eyes.

More to come.

Map of Jordan, Ont.

Map of Jordan, Ont.

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