POLICE – Child abducted by parents, recovered after ride down Coquihalla

A child is safely back with his care giver after being abducted from a home by the biological parents.

Kamloops RCMP got a call about the abduction about 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 2, 2020).

Police said investigation revealed the parents had forced their way into a home, assaulted a worker, and abducted their child. It was anticipated that the parents would head south on the Coquihalla Highway so RCMP members fanned out the information to all surrounding detachments.

The parents were located in their vehicle near Merritt by Central Interior Traffic Services and both were taken into custody but the child was not inside in the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that the child was with his grandfather and was also travelling south on the Coquihalla Highway in a separate vehicle. Contact was subsequently made with the grandfather by phone and he agreed to present the child at the Hope RCMP Detachment.

The grandfather arrived with the child at the Hope detachment a short time later and was met by police. The child was in good spirits and was returned to the caregivers, police said.

“We are very happy that we were able to bring this to a peaceful conclusion and that the child is safe” said Sgt Darren Michels of the Kamloops detachment.

“We had initiated the process to issue an Amber Alert;  however, the situation quickly unfolded and the child was located safe.”

The investigation is continuing and the 38-year-old father and 37-year-old mother were expected to appear today in Kamloops court facing charges approved by the B.C. Prosecution Service.

The child’s age was not revealed.

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