Update: As of Wednesday, just after 3 pm, police say the children have been located and are safe.
Niagara Regional Police said in a message on social media shortly after 11 pm that the Amber Alert had expired, but the children “remain outstanding and the investigation continues.”
An Amber Alert was issued in Toronto just before 5 pm following the alleged abduction of five children in the Niagara Region.
According to detectives from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), the Child Abuse Unit is conducting an abduction investigation into the whereabouts of the missing children.
Police say the investigation was initiated through the Child Abuse Protocol for the Niagara Region, following a child protection investigation by Family and Children Services Niagara. They also say that the investigation identified concerns for the welfare and safety of the children.
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The NRPS investigation has revealed that between September 19 and 25, the children were taken from the family home in Jordan by their father Ian Glenn MacDermid (49 years old). Police say their current whereabouts are unknown.
According to police, the children are subject to a temporary custody order and their father is in contravention of the order by failing to return them.
Detectives are concerned for the welfare and safety of the children.
@NiagRegPolice have issued an #AmberAlert for Evelyn(5), Mattias(10), Sovereign(11), Eska(13) & Magnus(14) MacDermid. Last seen Sept 19 in #Jordan, ON. Supsect- father Ian MacDermid. Believed to be driving towards Toronto in a gold pickup truck. Call 911 if you have any info^aw pic.twitter.com/VB2DhMiKZL
— AMBER Alert Ontario (@AMBERAlertONT) October 1, 2019
Ian MacDermid may be operating a gold or beige coloured pick-up truck.
Ian MacDermid has been described as male, white, approx. 6’0″ tall, 265 to 280lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, with facial hair.
The children have been identified as:
- Evalyn MacDermid (female, 5 years)
– 3’8, long black hair, medium build. Asian
- Mattias MacDermid (male, 10 years)
– 4’8, light brown caramel hair, small/medium build, Asian
- Sovereign MacDermid (female, 11 years)
– 5’2, heavy set, long black hair, Asian
- Eska MacDermid (female, 13 years)
– 5’1, medium build, long brown hair, Asian
- Magnus MacDermid (male, 14 years)
– 5’6, black spiky, medium build, glasses, Asian
Anyone who may have information or know the whereabouts of Ian MacDermid or the children are asked to call their local police.
More information to follow pic.twitter.com/h3khadq7f1
— NRPS (@NiagRegPolice) October 1, 2019