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Winnipeg's Most Wanted hit it big

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Det. Sgt. Clyde Raven means business.

When the Winnipeg Police Service officer and Emily Cablek got up in front of a roomful of reporters earlier this month to plea for information about two kidnapped children, they said they were going all-out in their media blitz. And they did.

Abby Maryk, six years old, and Dominic Maryk, eight years old, went missing last August after their father took them on a court-sanctioned visit and never turned up again. Cablek, their mother, had an emotional chat with reporters about how she fears for her children's safety and wants them back so she can sing them to sleep.
The children are believed to be in the company of her former common-law husband, Kevin Maryk.

Manitoba media followed hot on the trail.

Recently, America's Most Wanted added the children's profile to their website devoted to missing kids.  Here's the link if you want to check it out.

Hope may hinge on one young man.

Cablek pleaded for her 20-year-old nephew, Cody McKay, to talk to authorities and lead them to where the children are. McKay is Maryk's nephew, but Cablek and police believe he can do the right thing and tell authorities information that may lead to the kid's whereabouts.

McKay disappeared around the time of the children's kidnapping and his family has never reported him missing.

My personal note: I am a firm believer in the power of observant individuals to change the world.

Each day, I rely on people who pay attention to their surroundings and who believe in the public good to speak to me. I am continually amazed to what our readers, and Manitobans at large, pick up.

(I'll spare you the war stories, but I will say the most incredible insight has come from the most unlikely sources time and time again.)  

This is no exception. Somewhere, there is someone who has seen these children.

They may have sensed something was not right. They may have heard an offhand comment.  

They can change the world for one mother, if they just know that someone is looking for their insight.

So, check out the link and pass it on.

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About Gabrielle Giroday

Gabrielle has handled the police and crime beat for the Winnipeg Free Press since 2009, meaning she’s seen the best and worst humanity has to offer.

Covering the crime beat in a city known for its homicide rate and violent crime can be challenging, but Gabrielle tries to look at the more complex factors that drive violent events. She began the beat after originally joining the Free Press in June 2005.

Her previous experience contributing to the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine, the National Post, Maisonneuve magazine and NOW Magazine. She was also a member of the editorial board of the Queen’s University Feminist Review, and completed a degree there in politics and English. Some of the Toronto native’s favourite adventures include hitchhiking in the Cuban countryside during a stint studying in Havana, and hanging off the back of a jeep climbing the Kanchenjunga mountain in Nepal.

Gabrielle also felt privileged to write about the first-time elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2006, and received a grant from the Canadian Association of Journalists and Canadian International Development Agency to write about sexual violence there.

She recently went to Cameroon in fall 2010 as part of an expert election monitoring team, on behalf of the Commonwealth.

When she’s not chasing a story, Gabrielle can be found jogging every morning by the Legislature and down Portage Avenue.

She’s always enthusiastic about stories that involve investigating the road less travelled or the opinion less broadcast.

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