DOMINIC AND ABBY MARYK – RECOVERED!

DOMINIC AND ABBY MARYK

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Dominic and Abby Maryk at home with their mother, Emily

Dominic and Abby Maryk at home with their mother, Emily

Dominic and Abby have been recovered!  Thank you to all of those who followed their case and helped to bring them home safely.  Please read the full story below.

WELCOME HOME DOMINIC AND ABBY!

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Dominic Maryk

Dominic Maryk

Dominic Maryk

Date of Birth: January 17, 2001

Height: 4’3”     Weight: 53 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

From: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Distinguishing Features:  Has a scar across his left eyebrow.

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Abby Maryk

Abby Maryk

Abby Maryk

Date of Birth: September 9, 2002

Height: 3’8”     Weight: 48 lbs

Hair: Sandy     Eyes: Green

From: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Distinguishing Features:  Has a scar above her right eye.

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Dominic and Abby Maryk, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, were abducted in August of 2008, after their father, Kevin Maryk, took them while they were on vacation with him.  Maryk and the children’s mother, Emily Cablek, had been involved in a lengthy custody battle over the children.  A court had ruled Cablek had primary care of the children and their father had visitation rights.  Maryk was last seen with the children at a car-rental agency. When he didn’t return the children after the visitation, police issued a Canada-wide warrant for him and his nephew, Cody McKay.  Cablek worked with city police and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to publicize photos of the children and keep public attention focused on the case.  When authorities learned the children had been taken to Mexico, they began providing videos, dubbed into Spanish, to Mexican media outlets after getting “specific information” linking Maryk and the children to two specific areas.  They targeted local media, factories, trucking companies, distributing videos and photos of Dominic and Abby.  Law enforcement has stated “We know that the power of social media, the power of YouTube, in countries like Mexico is really what we needed to bring that to the ground level”.  A Mexican missing-person agency said a Zapopan resident tipped off authorities. FIND Foundation president Juan Manuel Estrada Juárez said he contacted Interpol and Mexico’s federal police after Louisiana-based private investigator Wilhelm Von Mayer told Juárez a resident recognized the children from recent news reports.  Von Mayer said municipal police in Guadalajara and the army ignored the resident’s calls to intervene. He said the informant worried there was a small window of time as he knew the lease on the Zapopan home was set to expire in July, and the men could relocate.  The tipster is scared to speak publicly, Von Mayer said, as he fears possible retribution from local drug cartels.  “The kids were living a nightmare,” Juárez stated.  The search finally ended on the afternoon of May 25, 2012, nearly 4 years after the abduction, when police raided the Zapopan, Mexico home and took the children into custody.

Two men, including the children’s father, Kevin Maryk, and Robert Neil Groen, Maryk’s friend and neighbour in Winnipeg, were arrested on scene in connection with the abductions.  Both men remained in custody in Mexico as Mexican authorities investigated whether either man has links to drug cartels.  Authorities are still searching for a third suspect, Cody McKay, Maryk’s nephew.  Winnipeg police say Maryk will be charged with abduction in contravention of a court order and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.  He was expected to be extradited to Canada in the next few months after the recovery.  Groen will be charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. He was expected to be extradited to Canada in the next few weeks following the recovery.

Investigators claim they were close to apprehending Maryk and the children a number of times, however within the process of coordinating an international effort to do so, Maryk would move the children to a new location.  Crossing international borders can cause many delays and confusion in recovering missing children.  Each country has their own processes and laws, and goes about extradition in its own way.  Fortunately in this case, authorities remained persistent and diligent while working to find the children and were able to bring Dominic and Abby home safely.

While Dominic and Abby were in Mexico, they were kept confined in a home surrounded by security cameras and barbed wire.  Inside the home four attack dogs were found along with a cache of weapons, drugs and child pornography.  The floors were covered with dog feces and garbage.  Dominic and Abby were isolated from having any communication with the outside world.  During the time they were held captive, it is believed that the children did not attend school and did not receive any medical attention.  The children were located after neighbours reported suspicions to Mexican authorities.  Neighbours reported that the only time they saw the children was after 6 p.m. being accompanied by men who did not return until the early hours of the morning.  It is believed Dominic and Abby were moved five times, including moves to Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.

Christy Dzikowicz, of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, read a statement on behalf of Emily Cablek, at a press conference after the children’s recovery.

“I cannot put into words how grateful I am for the wonderful support I received from the community over the past three years.  I want to thank the Winnipeg Police Missing Persons Unit for their amazing persistence, and to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for standing by me and guiding me through the worst 45 months of my life.  You all helped me stay strong for the most important moment of my life, for that, you will always be in my heart, and a part of my family. I am the happiest Mummy (sic) in the world right now, and am asking please, give my family some privacy, so that we can begin to heal.  We have a long road ahead, and I want my children to feel completely safe through all of it, they deserve nothing less.”

Despite being taken nearly four years ago and suffering through such alienation, the children are adjusting well and happy to be home.  Dominic and Abby still have many memories of their mother and life in Canada.  A priority for Dominic now that he is home, getting a Slurpee. J  The family understands that there is a lot of work ahead of them in their recovery, and are ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to help Dominic and Abby adjust and work through the effects of their ordeal.  One thing in particular the children will need to work through is a Christmas tree with 4 years of presents underneath it ready to be opened.  Dominic and Abby’s grandmother has left her Christmas tree up since the year the children were abducted and has placed presents underneath every year, just waiting for the children to be brought home.  A Christmas tree, a symbol of joy and excitement, was also a symbol of hope and determination.  The family never stopped believing for a moment that the children would not be brought home, and the pile of presents speaks to that louder than any words ever could.

The return home was a happy end to this family’s nightmare.  For the first time in nearly 4 years, a mother can reach over and hug her children.  For the first time in nearly 4 years, Dominic and Abby can wake safe and unafraid.  For the first time in nearly 4 years, no one cries in the middle of the night wondering when or if they will ever see their children or mother again.  For the first time in nearly 4 years, the tears cried are of joy, not of sorrow.

For the first time in nearly 4 years, Dominic and Abby Maryk, are home.

Thank you to all of those which worked to help bring Dominic and Abby home.

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Dominic and Abby were abducted buy their non-custodial father, Kevin Maryk.  A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued on Kevin on September 1, 2008.  They may travel to California or Mexico.

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Kevin Maryk

Kevin Maryk

Kevin Maryk

Date of Birth: August 4, 1971

Height: 5’10”     Weight: 205 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Hazel

May go by the name Jason Miller

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~ by LTWH on December 14, 2011.

One Response to “DOMINIC AND ABBY MARYK – RECOVERED!”

  1. They’ve been found! Check the news!

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