Officials have issued an Amber Alert for two young children and a “vulnerable person” who were last seen in Newmarket, Ont., Wednesday afternoon.
The alert, which was broadcast just after 3 a.m. ET on Thursday, said the boys — Harrison and Keegan Larocque — along with 70-year-old Leo Easton were last known to be at the Upper Canada Mall. The mall is located near Yonge Street and Davis Drive West.
It’s believed the trio are travelling in a 2006 Blue Pontiac Montana with the Ontario licence plate BVBP 364.
Why was Amber Alert delayed for 5-year-old allegedly abducted by father from Markham school?
Easton was described by officials as being five-foot-10, weighing approximately 160 pounds, and having salt and pepper-coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a blue checkered shirt, khaki shorts and white shoes.
A more details description of the boys wasn’t issued as of early Thursday.
York Regional Police first put out a notice after 8:30 p.m. advising the three were missing.
If the boys, the man, and/or the vehicle are spotted, residents are urged to contact 911 immediately.
What are the criteria for issuing Amber Alerts?
Under the Ontario Provincial Police guidelines for activating Amber Alerts, a law enforcement agency needs to believe a child under 18 has been abducted and that the child is in danger. The agency must also have descriptive information about the child, the abductor or the vehicle — enough information to allow the investigating agency “to believe that an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child.”
If the guidelines are met, the responding police service needs to submit an Amber Alert request form to the OPP. The OPP will then activate the alert on behalf of the requesting police service.
Emergency alerts are then sent out through the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAAD). The OPP said the NAAD shares the alerts through cable and satellite companies, over-the-air television stations, radio stations, social media and through cellphone text messages.
More to come.
Missing vulnerable person Leo Easton 70 yrs old with grandchildren 2 & 4 in a blue Pontiac Montana Van BVBP364.Last seen in Newmarket at 3pm. Descr as white male,5’10,160 lbs,salt&pepper hair wearing blue checkered shirt,khaki shorts & white shoes. #19-2… pic.twitter.com/rkkgoHIg93
— York Regional Police (@YRP) July 11, 2019
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