Police in Saanich, B.C., are asking for the public’s help to locate a family believed to be travelling in British Columbia or Alberta.
Bradley Michael Cook, 42, and Melissa Renee Trost, 40, are travelling with their two kids aged four and two, police said.
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The family was meant to be back in the Victoria-area community on Sept. 4, and their current whereabouts are unknown, police said.
Reached by phone, Cook told Global News that his family is not missing, and that they are on a honeymoon in Alberta.
Cook said the family is currently fighting what he called an unfair order from the director of Alberta Children’s Services seeking to take their kids away, and that they are involved in civil litigation at the B.C. Supreme Court with Saanich police over a separate, but related matter.
He said the family’s lawyer was in court on Sept. 4 on their behalf, and that they were not trying to avoid the court or the authorities.
“We’ve been in family court in B.C. by telephone five times in the last 10 days, and our next appearance is on Oct. 8, and today we’re hearing from family we’re missing people,” Cook said.
“They’re portraying us as missing people and we’re not. We may be disobedient people, or people going through the court process, but missing? No.”
Global News has requested clarification from Saanich police.
Officers said they believe the family is driving a 2018 Dodge Ram truck with a trailer and Alberta licence plate CCX1573.
The family also owns a 2017 Nissan Murano with Alberta licence plate BZP9388, police said.
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“It is possible the family are in eastern British Columbia or Alberta and are camping and towing a trailer,” the department said in a media release.
“Police are seeking this family to ensure their safety, and are requesting that anyone with information regarding their whereabouts contact police immediately.”