UPDATE: The alert was cancelled Friday morning after the boy was found safe in Montana.
The Amber Alert was issued
yesterday afternoon by the Elk Valley Detachment of the British Columbia RCMP. According to police, Robert Barnett, 39, was exercising a supervised access visit with his son Alvin in a hotel room when the two left the room. When the father and son failed to return, police were called around 3:15 pm.
reports RCMP have obtained a video of the father and son crossing into the United States at the Eureka, Montana border crossing about an hour after the abduction was reported. Law enforcement officials in Montana are taking part in the search and investigation.
ROBERT BARNETT is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, with green eyes. He has reddish brown hair and a scar just above his right eyebrow. When last seen he was wearing a dark sweater, blue jeans, and runners. He is possibly unshaven and has some facial hair.
ALVIN BARNETT is 3 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. When last seen he was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.
Authorities are also looking for a 2002 blue Subaru Outback with B.C. license plates 3475BL. The vehicle is not registered to Barnett.
Jeanette Viets, the Amber Alert coordinator for Montana, was quoted by CBC
as saying, "We're pretty worried about the safety of the little boy so that's why we're using every possible resource to try and find him."
The RCMP are unsure of why Barnett's access to his son was required to be supervised.
reports the Amber Alert has been extended beyond Montana to other western states such as Washington, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.
Anyone who sees Barnett is asked not to approach him but to call 911.