FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The suspect in Saturday’s Amber Alert has been released, according to Fort St. John RCMP.
After several phone calls to local, regional, and provincial RCMP over the past week, the detachment confirmed to Energeticcity Thursday that Jason Dalrymple was released and no charges were laid in relation to the Amber Alert.
Cst Chad Neustaeter says there was no evidence to support kidnapping charges.
BC Ministry of Child and Family Development and the Ontario Child and Family Services will be conducting their own investigations into the matter.
Dalrymple was arrested on Saturday after an Amber Alert was issued across all of Western Canada into the disappearance of a Fort St. John mother and her two children.
According to the police, everyone was found safe by the Ontario Provincial Police in Kenora, Ontario, just east of Manitoba.
Mounties believed the mother and her children were taken against their will from their residence on Thursday, March 24th. However, an Amber Alert wasn’t activated until Saturday, March 26th.
Sgt. Chris Manseau said that while police believed the individuals were abducted on Thursday, mounties didn’t receive the report until Friday.
Manseau says to issue an Amber Alert, all of the following criteria must be met: the victim must be under 18, police must have reasonable grounds that they were abducted, they must believe the individual is in imminent danger.
“We [ need] to have enough descriptive information about the victim or the abductor where, if we were to put that information out, the public would be able to respond, and if we put it out within a certain timeframe, there had to be a reasonable expectation that the child could be located and or the abductor apprehended, it has to meet all of those,” Manseau continued.
Manseau says without meeting those thresholds, there would be an influx of alerts.
“I think nationally, we have 20,000 or so people that go missing a year. I remember that for everybody who went missing, people who just walked away from home or they were late because 99 per cent of people return home within a very short period,” Manseau said
“Eventually, it just becomes white noise, and we can’t have it then. When these thresholds are met, we really need people to act.”
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