UPDATE: Amber Alert kids found safe

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Update: According to a tweet from the Niagara Regional Police Service, the five children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found and are safe.

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Niagara Regional Police have released some new information regarding an Amber Alert that was issued Tuesday evening.

According to officers with the police service’s Child Abuse Unit, the father connected to the investigation was seen at around 5 p.m. Tuesday, driving around in a red 2002 4-door Toyota Camry with Ontario licence plates CJMB 976. Police said the children were not with him at the time.

Officers said they received that information as a direct result of the alert that was issued yesterday, which has since expired.

Police are still looking for the five children as the investigation continues.

The missing children are Eska MacDermid,  described as an Asian, female, 13 years old, 5 foot 1, brown eyes and brown hair. Evelyn MacDermid, an Asian female, 5 years old, brown eyes, black hair and 3 foot 8. Magnus MacDermid an Asian, male, 14 years old, 5 foot 6, brown eyes and black hair. Mattias MacDermid an Asian, male, 10 years old, 4 foot 8, brown eyes and light brown hair and Sovereign MacDermid an Asian, female, 11 years old, 5 foot 2, brown eyes and black hair.

Their father, Ian MacDermid, is described as a Caucasian, male, 49 years old, 6 feet, 280lbs, blue eyes, with blonde hair.

The children were last seen on September 19 in Jordan, Ontario.

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

The original release from Niagrara Regional Police added that the investigation revealed the children were believed to have been taken from the family home in Jordan, Ontario by MacDermid between September 19 and 25, 2019, and their current whereabouts are unknown. The children are subject to a temporary custody order and, according to police, their father is in contravention of the order by failing to return them.

During a video update Tuesday night, Constable Phil Gavin said the children had been reported missing by Family and Children Services Niagara within the 24 hours leading up the Amber Alert going out. Gavin said at this point, he could not speak on the reason for the gap between when they were last seen and when they were reported missing.