Two Canadian children ‘abducted by their father’ found living in captivity 4,000 miles away in Mexican town four years after they disappeared
Two Canadian children who went missing nearly four years ago have been found 4,000 miles away in Mexico.
Brother and sister Dominic and Abby Maryk, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, were found living under lock-and-key in Guadalajara.
Police allege the children’s father, Kevin Maryk, abducted the children and took them out of Canada in August 2008.
At the time, Dominic was seven and Abby was five.
On Thursday, a Mexican resident watching a television report about the children’s story realised he recognised the children.
Wilhelm von Mayer, a private investigator in Louisiana, who had been working on the case, said the man tried to go to Mexican officials.
However, no-one would listen.
‘He saw them and said, ‘Wow, I know those kids, they’re my neighbours,’ von Mayer told CTV Winnipeg.
‘So he reported them to the Mexican police, the army and everybody he could, but nobody would listen to him.’
Mr Von Mayer and officials with the missing persons agency FIND Foundation in Mexico followed up on the tip.
A raid was then carried out on the home where the children were living.
Mr Von Mayer said the children spent their days behind locked doors, and were not allowed to attend school.
They are now due to fly back home to Winnipeg.
In December, the children’s mother, Emily Cablek, said her children were always with her, even though she had no idea where they were.
‘They’re always in my heart,’ Ms Cablek told CTV Winnipeg. ‘I’m always looking for them. I won’t ever stop looking for them.’
When they return home, the children will be greeted by relieved family members, as well as a Christmas tree with four years’ worth of gifts to open.
Their grandmother has not taken down her tree from the year the children went missing, and has put new gifts underneath each year.