RCMP Cochrane say they are continuing their search for two small children who were abducted by their grandmother and aunt – as they defend themselves for not putting out an Amber Alert.

And Cpl. Laurel Scott said RCMP will not be conducting media interviews on the case.

RCMP said they were called to the children’s home – in a rural residence near Cochrane – on Saturday morning for a report of two female missing children and two female missing adults.

“Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak, five, and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak, two, are believed to be in the company of their grandmother, Therese O’Driscoll, 68, and their aunt Alison O’Driscoll, 38, all from the area of Cochrane,” the RCMP said on Sunday.

“They were all last seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the children’s home.

“The children’s disappearance is currently being investigated as an abduction involving their grandmother and aunt.”

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak is described as white, with blue eyes and long blond hair. She has a slim build, 4 ft. and 60 lbs.


Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak Courtesy RCMP

Wyatt is white, with blue eyes and long blond hair. He has a slim build and is 3 ft., weighing 40 lbs.


Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak Courtesy RCMP

Therese O’Driscol is white with blue eyes and medium-length gray hair. She has a slim build and is 5 ft.-2 ins., 119 lbs.

RCMP say Cochrane kidnappers are getting help; still in Canada

Therese O’Driscol Courtesy RCMP

Alison O’Driscoll is white with blue eyes and long brown hair. She has a slim build and stands 5 ft.-3 ins., 119 lbs.

RCMP say Cochrane kidnappers are getting help; still in Canada

Alison O’Driscoll  Courtesy RCMP

“Tips have been coming into the Cochrane RCMP.  The RCMP appreciates the public assistance and will actively monitor and follow up on tips,” said Scott in a Monday release.

“The Province of Alberta has particular criteria which must be met in order to activate an Amber Alert. In this circumstance, the RCMP do not have evidence to indicate that the threshold has been met. Further comments about the rationale behind this will not be provided in an effort to protect aspects of this investigation.

“Interviews will not be conducted with the media as the RCMP continue to focus their resources on investigating this incident.”

The girls’ father, Colin Zak, said he was given custody of the children after a court hearing Friday but they were not returned to him that day.

“I’m just so very worried about my children,” Zak told CTV News on Sunday.

“I don’t know where my girls are. I don’t know if they’re close to here, I don’t know if they’re far, we don’t know if they fled the country. I never thought this would happen to me.

“I just want to tell the public, my daughters, they’re the most beautiful girls in the world.

“If you see them, please call the police.”

If you have any information in relation to their current location, please contact the Cochrane RCMP at 403-932-2211. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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