Children From Niagara Region Found Safe Following Amber Alert

Father Not Under Arrest

UPDATE: Niagara Regional Police say the five children that were the subject of yesterday’s Amber Alert have been located and are safe.

Police say tips from the public led investigators to a rental cottage in the Fort Erie area. The five children were located safe and sound, while their father has not been placed under arrest. The investigation continues.


EARLIER TODAY: Police now say the father is driving a red 2002 four-door Toyota Camry with the Ontario licence plate of CJMB 976.

The search continues for five Niagara-area children, subjects of an Amber Alert late Tuesday afternoon.

The children are believed to be in the company of their father, Ian MacDermid. They were last seen in the town of Jordan in a gold or beige pick-up truck, and may have been headed to Toronto where the father has family and friends.

Police believe the children, who are under a temporary custody order, were taken from their home in Jordan between September 19 and 25. It’s not clear when they were supposed to have been returned. Investigators say they were reported missing in the last 24 hours.

All of the children are Asian and described as:

  • Magnus, age 14, black spiky hair, glasses and a medium build
  • Eska, 13, five-foot-one, with a medium build and long brown hair
  • Sovereign, 11, five-foot-two, heavyset with long black hair
  • Mattias, 10, four-foot-eight, with light brown caramel hair and a small/medium build
  • Evalyn, 5, three-foot-eight, with long black hair, and a medium build

Ian MacDermid is described as:

  • 49 years old
  • about six feet tall, 280 pounds
  • blue eyes, brown hair and a beard

If you’ve seen them, or know of their whereabouts, you’re asked to call your local police, 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).