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Father accused of abducting 5 kids last seen in Niagara region

Children were not with him at the time, say police

Further investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Child Abuse Unit has revealed that the father in this investigation is believed to be driving a 2002, red four-door Toyota Camry with Ontario Licence marker CJMB 976.

As of 5 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2019, the father was observed within the Niagara Region in this vehicle. The children were not with him at the time.

This information is a direct result of the Amber Alert that was issued on Oct. 1, 2019.

While the original Amber Alert has expired, the five children remain missing and the investigation remains on-going.

Anyone who may have information or know the whereabouts of Ian MacDermid or the children are asked to call police immediately.  

Original release - Oct. 1, 2019

Detectives from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) Child Abuse Unit are conducting an abduction investigation into the whereabouts of five missing children.

This investigation was initiated through the Child Abuse Protocol for the Niagara Region, following a child protection investigation by Family and Children Services Niagara. That investigation identified concerns for the welfare and safety of the children. The children have been reported as missing to the NRPS.

The NRPS investigation has revealed that between Sept. 19 and 25, 2019, the children were taken from the family home in Jordan by their father Ian Glenn MacDermid (49 years old); their current whereabouts are unknown. The children are subject to a temporary custody order and their father is in contravention of the order by failing to return them.

Detectives are concerned for the welfare and safety of the children.

Ian MacDermid may be operating a gold or beige coloured pickup truck.

Ian MacDermid has been described as:
    •    male, white, approx. 6'0" tall, 265 to 280 lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, with facial hair

The children have been identified as:
    •    Evalyn MacDermid (female, 5 years) - 3'8, long black hair, medium build. Asian
    •    Mattias MacDermid (male, 10 years) - 4'8, light brown caramel hair, small/medium build, Asian
    •    Sovereign MacDermid (female, 11 years) - 5'2, heavy set, long black hair, Asian
    •    Eska MacDermid (female, 13 years) - 5'1, medium build, long brown hair, Asian
    •    Magnus MacDermid (male, 14 years) - 5'6, black spiky, medium build, glasses, Asian

Anyone who may have information or know the whereabouts of Ian MacDermid or the children are asked to call their local police.

Information on crimes can also be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara.

To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via:
    •    Telephone - 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
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Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.