An Amber Alert involving two young children from the Miramichi area ended quickly and safely, thanks to the keen eye of a person in the Woodstock area.
On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the RCMP thanked law enforcement agencies and the public for quickly and safely locating the two-year-old boy and three-year-old girl.
The New Brunswick RCMP communications officer Sgt. Nick Arbour said police received a 911 call at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, reporting a 54-year-old woman had not returned at an agreed-upon time with two young children in her care.
Police explained the woman had picked up a two-year-old boy from his home near Miramichi. She then picked up a second child, a girl about to turn three years old, from a home in Miramichi.
They said the woman failed to return with the children by 5 p.m. and could not be reached by family.
Police investigated the incident and collected the necessary information from family and others.
"Based on the information gathered," Arbour said in a media release, "it was determined the situation met the criteria for an AMBER Alert. The Alert was issued via the Alert Ready system to all of New Brunswick at 10:19 p.m."
Moments after the Alert release, someone in the Woodstock area called Woodstock Police Force to report a sighting of the suspect vehicle.
At around 10:30 p.m., Arbour explained, Woodstock Police Force officers located the vehicle pulled over on the side of the westbound lane of the Trans Canada Highway in Jacksonville, with a woman and two young children inside.
With assistance from Western Valley RCMP detachment officers, police took the woman into custody.
The RCMP said representatives from the Department of Social Development attended to escort the children safely home.
The RCMP said it currently has the woman in custody.
After notifying the childrens' families, the RCMP issued a concluding AMBER Alert message via the Alert Ready system at 11:12 p.m.
"This is the first time an AMBER Alert has been issued in New Brunswick for an incident that occurred inside the province," says Insp. Andrea Gallant, the program manager for the New Brunswick RCMP's operations support and communications centre. "This incident was concluded within minutes of the AMBER Alert being issued. We can't thank New Brunswickers and our law enforcement colleagues enough for helping us bring these children home safely."
Arbour said the quick resolution demonstrates the importance of Amber Alerts.
He praised "the really good coperation" of everyone involved.
The Richibucto RCMP detachment and the Miramichi Police Force are investigating, as the incidents originated in both jurisdictions.
For more information on how the Alert Ready system is used by law enforcement in New Brunswick, please visit: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/nb/quick-facts-the-rcmp-nb#alert
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun