The Saskatchewan RCMP provided an update on Wednesday regarding the two children involved in Monday’s Amber Alert that saw Benjamin Moore fleeing Canada with them and their mother into the United States.
The four individuals were located on Tuesday in the City of Sturgis, SD, roughly 90 minutes after the Amber Alert was extended down into that state.
In a prepared release from the RCMP on Wednesday, they say that law enforcement and child welfare agencies for South Dakota and Saskatchewan are working collaboratively to return the children safely back to Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan RCMP has been advised the children are safe and appropriate resources and supports are being provided.
Chief Superintendent Tyler Bates, Officer in Charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP’s South District says there was a collective sigh of relief amongst all agencies following the retrieval of the two children.
“Obviously, there is a long road ahead and a number of investigative avenues that need to be followed up on. We want to assure the public that this investigation remains a priority for the Saskatchewan RCMP.”
The Saskatchewan RCMP’s General Investigation Section, with support from the Major Crime Unit, has carriage of the investigation into both the allegations against Benjamin Moore and the events leading up to his departure from Canada with his common-law spouse and the two children. Investigators also continue to follow up on all additional information, tips, and reports about incidents involving Benjamin Moore that they receive.
The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have also opened an investigation as it relates to their jurisdictions in the United States.
RCMP can confirm that Benjamin Moore was apprehended by police in South Dakota and remains in custody. His common-law spouse is also in police custody.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact their local RCMP Detachment or police service. Information can also be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com.
The Sask. RCMP thanks the public, their policing partners in Canada and the United States, and the media for their assistance and continued support of the Amber Alert program.
The RCMP will provide updates on the investigation as they become available.