Thursday, January 5, 2012

Amber Alert issued in Timmins, Ontario; police fear for safety of two toddlers

Jan 5, 2012 – 8:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Jan 5, 2012 9:01 AM ET
Timmins Police handout
Timmins Police handout
Kara Johnson (left) and Aiden Johnson (right)
By Natalie Stechyson and Robert Hiltz
Police in Timmins, Ont., have issued an Amber Alert for two small children, with authorities saying they fear for the children’s safety.
Kara and Aiden Johnson, ages one and three, respectively, are believed to be with their father, Zachary Johnson, and could be on their way to Ottawa, Nova Scotia or Saint Sauveur des Monts, Que., Ontario Provincial Police said Thursday.
“There’s always a chance of danger,” said Const. Rick Lemieux of the Timmins Police Service.

Timmins Police Handout
Zachary Johnson
“He does suffer from depession and is taking medication for that, so that’s always a concern for police when children involved.”
The children live with their grandmother, Const. Lemieux said, and Mr. Johnson does not have custody.
The children were reported missing Wednesday evening, after Mr. Johnson went to the residence following a short visit with Aiden, then took Kara and left.
“Police searched all the areas here in Timmins — hotel rooms, family friends — they were not able to find the children,” Const. Lemieux said.
Police found Mr. Johnson’s car broken down in Timmins — a mining town almost 700 kilometres north of Toronto. They are not sure what vehicle he may be in now.
The father is about five-foot-10, and is skinny with curly brown hair and grey eyes, police said.
Aiden is 3 1/2 feet tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black and red snow boots, blue snow pants and a white winter jacket with blue and black rockets and spaceships, police said in a news release.
Kara is two feet tall, with short brown hair, hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a green onesie, or one-piece sleeper, that had a bunny on it.
Anyone who spots the children and their father should not approach them, but call their local police service, Const. Lemieux said.
“Just observe and inform police of their location.”

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