Police say the girls

Police say the girls

RCMP issue Amber Alert for 2 Alberta girls, mother heading to Vancouver Island

Amber alert was issued after a ''confirmed sighting'' in Golden

  • May. 14, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for an Alberta mother and her two daughters after the trio was spotted in southeastern British Columbia, near the border.

Sgt. Rob Vermeulen says the alert was issued after a ”confirmed sighting” in Golden, about 265 kilometres west of Calgary, and police now fear the girls could be in trouble.

”There’s a concern for the safety of the children, that’s why we’ve activated the Amber Alert here in B.C.,” he said.

”We’ve got mom’s description and the vehicle, so obviously we’re asking anyone to call RCMP if you see them.”

Police say the girls, Talisha Meisel, aged 12, and six-year-old Taya, vanished Monday after leaving their elementary school in Brandt, near Vulcan, Alta., south of Calgary.

It is believed the girls may have snuck out of school to join their mother, 48-year-old Trina Meisel, who is the non-custodial parent. Posts on social media have suggested the family may be travelling west to Vancouver Island, possibly Nanaimo or Ladysmith.

The alert says they are travelling in a black, 2007 Honda CR-V, with the Alberta vanity plate ORNRSE.

Vermeulen could not say when the sighting was made or provide further details. He referred questions to police in Alberta, who were not immediately available.

”The amber alert has been issued so everybody is on high alert, everybody is looking — police, public,” he said, adding Mounties in Golden were involved in the search. ”We’re asking the public as well to keep an eye out. This is who we’re looking for. The descriptors are out.”

When the girls first disappeared on Monday, police in Alberta had said the children were not believed to be in immediate danger.

Talisha is described as having long, blond wavy hair; when last seen in Alberta she was wearing a turquoise sweater, a grey striped T-shirt and blue jeans.

Taya also has long, blond wavy hair and was wearing prescription glasses.

Their mother has red, closely shaved hair with bangs.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Lindsay, Isla and Ethan Fischer & Maddie, Everly, Ray and Jessica Pressacc of the Tadanac Residents Association along with Aron Burke (Kootenay Savings Community Liaison) Kootenay Savings file
Kootenay Savings Foundation continues community support

The Kootenay Savings Foundation has once again handed out their twice a… Continue reading

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Children’s shoes and flowers are shown after being placed outside the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario commits $10 million to investigate burial sites at residential schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 12 locations of unmarked burial sites in Ontario

Most Read