An amber alert was called off after Delta police, and a combined emergency response team, secured the safety of a 15-year-old Vernon girl.
The amber alert – a widely broadcast system in cases of abductions – was initiated in Vernon at 11 p.m. Sunday night, when the girl went missing from her grandmother’s home.
“On Sunday, just after 1 p.m., police received a report that the girl’s father showed up at the girl’s grandmother’s residence in the 3700 block of 27th Avenue,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The grandmother was allegedly assaulted in an exchange between the two. The girl was reported only wearing a house coat at the time she left.”
Vernon RCMP learned that the father and the girl showed up at an address on Westside Road and both left in an older grey mini-van.
“Due to the age of the girl and the fact she did not live with the father and other circumstances learned in this investigation, police felt she may be in imminent danger,” said Molendyk. “An amber alert was requested and then issued.”
Delta police were notified at about 2:15 a.m. that the girl may have been taken by her father, and that he may be at a family member’s residence near 116 Street and 94 Avenue in Delta.
Delta police identified the wanted vehicle in front of the home, and knowing the suspect may be armed and dangerous, police called in the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team.
“We made a call into the residence shortly after 7 (a.m.) and he picked up the phone,” said Delta Const. Ciaran Feenan.
“He came out without any incident at all.”
Shortly after, police were able to locate the girl who was safe and unharmed.
The suspect was taken into custody, where he remains. No charges had been laid as of Tuesday morning.
It’s believed the girl left Vernon with her father willingly.
With files from The Morning Star.