UPDATE: Charges laid in abduction of Alberta children

Cochrane, Alberta – In relation to the abduction of Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak, Alison O’Driscoll (38) and Therese O’Driscoll (68) have been charged with:

· Forcible confinement contrary to section 279(2) of the Criminal Code

· Abduction of a person under the age of 14 contrary to section 281 of the Criminal Code

· Abduction in contravention of a parenting order contrary to section 282(1) of the Criminal Code

· Abduction contrary to section 283 of the Criminal Code

Therese O’Driscoll (68)
Therese O’Driscoll (68)
Alison O’Driscoll (38)
Alison O’Driscoll (38)

Currently, processes are underway to have both accused returned to Alberta.

BACKGROUND

Cochrane, Alberta – (April 15, 2021) 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.

The children are being cared for by Children Services.

No further details are being provided at this time.  Additional information is anticipated to be provided later.

BACKGROUND

Cochrane, Alberta – (April 1, 2021) – The RCMP Serious Crimes Branch continue to investigate the disappearance of 5-year-old Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and 2-year-old Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak.

Investigators have been working around the clock to locate the girls and bring them home.

The RCMP believe that children are with Allison and Therese O’Driscoll and that the family is receiving assistance from others to prevent them from being found.

The RCMP want to send a clear message to those that are assisting, that even if they believe they are acting in their best interests of the children, any assistance provided that contributes to the abduction is a criminal offence and the RCMP will investigate those involved and charges may be laid. Any assistance being provided is only exasperating the situation.

Police have not stopped investigating and won’t stop until they locate the children.

If you have any information in relation to their current location or about those who are assisting the family, 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.

BACKGROUND

Cochrane, Alberta – The Cochrane RCMP, with the assistance of RCMP Major Crimes Unit, continue to investigate the disappearance of 5-year-old Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and 2-year-old Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak.

Tips have been coming in to the Cochrane RCMP.  The RCMP appreciates the public assistance and will actively monitor and follow up on tips.

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.

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.

BACKGROUND

Cochrane, Alberta – On March 13, 2021 Cochrane RCMP responded to the report of two female missing children and two female missing adults.

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak (5) and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak (2) 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. They were all last seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the children’s home, a rural residence in Cochrane, Alta.

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

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak (5) is described as:

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Long blond hair

· Slim build

· 4’0 ft

· 60 lbs

Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak (2) is described as:

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Long blond hair

· Slim build

· 3’0 ft

· 40 lbs

Therese O’Driscoll (68) is described as:

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Medium length gray hair

· Slim build

· 5’2 ft

· 119 lbs

Alison O’Driscoll (38) is described as:

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Long brown hair

· Slim build

· 5’3 ft

· 119 lbs

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.

Cochrane RCMP



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