UPDATE 6: Cochrane RCMP lay further charges in Abduction and Forcible Confinement case involving two children and two adults

Cochrane, Alberta – In relation to the abduction of Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak, RCMP advise that further charges have been laid.

Jacqueline O’Driscoll (42), of Rocky View County, Alta., has been charged with abduction in contravention of custody order. Jacqueline will be appearing in Cochrane Provincial Court on July 26, 2022.

Michael O’Driscoll (72) of Cochrane, Alta., has been charged with public mischief. Michael will be appearing in Cochrane Provincial Court on July 26, 2022.

BACKGROUND

April 16, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update 5 – Charges laid

Cochrane, Alta. – 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

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

BACKGROUND

April 15, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update 4 – Children located

Cochrane, Alta. – 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

April 1, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update 3 – Still investigating

Cochrane, Alta. – 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 the family is receiving assistance from others to prevent Allison and Therese O’Driscoll from being found. The RCMP want send a clear message to those that are assisting, that although they may have the best intentions for the children and believe they are acting in their best interests, 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

March 19, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update 2 – Still investigating

Cochrane, Alta. – 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 believe they have not left Canada and still believe the children are 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 rural home near Cochrane.

Updated descriptions of the children:

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

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Long blond hair

· Slim build

· 106 cm, 3 ½ ft tall

· 20.4 kg, 45 lbs

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

· Caucasian

· Blue eyes

· Long blond hair

· Slim build

· 76 cm, 2 ½ ft tall

· 16 kg, 35 lbs

Investigators understand that there are many people who are sympathetic to the custody situation of these children. RCMP are imploring anyone with information to please contact them. RCMP believe the O’Driscoll’s are receiving assistance to avoid apprehension. The RCMP is making a request of anyone who may be assisting the O’Driscoll’s in hiding the children to contact police. Those assisting the O’Driscoll’s may believe they are acting in the best interests of the children, however those who assist in the commission of a criminal offence can be charged criminally with aiding and abetting.

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

March 15, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update – Still investigating

Cochrane, Alta. – 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.

BACKROUND

March 14, 2021

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults

Cochrane, Alta. – 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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