Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wasn’t bothered by an Amber Alert when it showed up on her TV screen while watching “Downtown Abbey,” but that wasn’t the case for many people across Ontario, who ended up dialing 9-1-1 to complain.
An Amber Alert that was issued for a boy from Orillia on Sunday night was called off by Ontario Provincial Police a short time later, as he was located by his parents after running away from home.
The boy is believed to be between the ages of eight and eleven years old and the incident was apparently reported when he was seen driving in a silver Toyota mini-van with his father during the evening.
OPP stated that the boy was not abducted around 11 p.m., which was about an hour after the alert was issued.
Officers say, that it was a decision that followed protocol and was “not taken lightly.”
One of the complaints was from the boy’s parents, who informed police they were the ones in the vehicle picking him up.
Amber Alerts are posted on highway message signs. They are also issued on radio, television and cable to immediately broadcast descriptions of the victims, the abductors and the vehicles they were last seen driving in.