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[UPDATED] AMBER ALERT: Coquitlam RCMP searching for 8 and 9 year old children

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DH Vancouver Staff Nov 04, 2016 12:28 pm 12,254

UPDATE – 9:50 pm – Coquitlam RCMP have deactivated the amber alert after all three people were found safely. April Pastor-Ruiz is in police custody and the investigation is ongoing with charges pending. The two children will be reunited with family. 

UPDATE – 9:25 pm – Police believe the children may now be travelling in a brown or purple 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, with Alberta licence plate L59 273.

Coquitlam RCMP have activated an amber alert for two children believed to be abducted by their mother Friday afternoon from Birchland Elementary School in Port Coquitlam.

Police believe April Pastor-Ruiz and the children, nine-year-old Sofia Pastor-Ruiz and eight-year-old Mateo Pastor-Ruiz, are possibly in the Lower Mainland or heading towards the Fraser Valley, and there is reasonable concern for the safety of the children.

Sofia is described as a Caucasian female with shoulder length light brown hair, and blue green eyes. She is five feet tall and weighs 90 pounds.

Mateo is described as a Caucasian male with short brown hair, and blue eyes.  He is five feet tall and weighs 85 pounds.

April is described as a 36-year-old Caucasian female with brown hair, and blue eyes. She is six feet tall and weighs 181 pounds. She was last seen possibly wearing a green nylon ski jacket and jeans.

Image courtesy of Coquitlam RCMP

Image courtesy of Coquitlam RCMP

Police were initially also searching for a newer model black four-door Ford Focus hatchback.

Image courtesy of Coquitlam RCMP

Image courtesy of Coquitlam RCMP

But, as of 9:06 pm on Friday, EmergencyInfoBC stated police believe the children may be travelling in a brown or purple 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2017 Brown or Purple Hyundai Santa Fe (Courtesy EmergencyInfoBC)

2017 Brown or Purple Hyundai Santa Fe (Courtesy EmergencyInfoBC)

The four-door SUV vehicle is described as rented, with Alberta licence plate L59273.

Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.


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