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Missing Maryk children found safe in Mexico

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Two Winnipeg children abducted more than three years ago have been found safe and sound in Mexico.

Eight-year-old Abby Maryk and her 10-year-old brother Dominic were found by Mexican authorities after being tipped off by an international missing person agency.

Juan Manuel Estrada Juarez, president of the FIND Foundation, said on the group's Facebook page Mexican police have arrested two men in connection with the case.

"We are extremely pleased by the outcome of this situation," Juarez said.

"We hope nothing but the best for the minors. Mission accomplished."

Wilhelm von Mayer, a computer digital forensics expert in Louisiana, credited a man in Mexico for helping rescue the Maryk children.

"He’s the real hero here," von Mayer said on Saturday.

"He came forward when he recognized the children on TV. He first went to the Mexican authorities, police and army, but got nowhere. Then he called me.

"I just happened to know the president of the FIND Foundation so I contacted him. Then he and the neighbour contacted the police and on (Friday) at 1500 hours, Interpol made the raid."

Von Mayer said police found weapons inside the house, as well as child pornography and drugs.

"All we know now is they found these items and the kids are on their way back to Canada," he said.

Von Mayer said three people were detained after the raid, including the childrens’ father Kevin Maryk.
 
According to a Mexican newspaper, the other two were Kevin Maryk’s nephew, Cody McKay, and Maryk’s associate Robert Groen.

Winnipeg police would only confirm today that a "significant development" in the case occurred on Friday in Mexico, but said they would not be commenting until Monday.

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

Emily Cablek, mother to Abby and Dominic Maryk, interviewed Sept 1, 2008:

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Updated on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM CDT: Adds quotes

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