Dad didn’t know drowned boys were with mother, says friend


By Tues­day af­ter­noon, a pile of stuffed an­i­mals and flow­ers had been placed as a memo­rial out­side the fam­ily home in Mil­let, a town of about 2,000 south­east of Ed­mon­ton.

Allyson and Cur­tis met in 2005 when Allyson, an Aus­tralian, was liv­ing in Canada on a work per­mit. They were mar­ried in Aus­tralia in 2007 and moved back to Canada.

But court doc­u­ments show the cou­ple had been go­ing through a painful di­vorce, with cus­tody of the chil­dren a ma­jor is­sue.

In an af­fi­davit, Cur­tis said Allyson had “been threat­en­ing me that she wants to move back to Aus­tralia with our chil­dren. I am fear­ful that she will at­tempt to do this without my con­sent or knowl­edge.

“I have taken our chil­dren’s pass­ports for safe­keep­ing.”

A state­ment of de­fence filed on be­half of Allyson noted she has lim­ited fam­ily con­tacts in Al­berta but “a broad net­work of sup­port in Aus­tralia” and would “be en­ti­tled to sig­nif­i­cant gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sup­port should she re­turn to Aus­tralia.”

The doc­u­ment also says she would have bet­ter pro­fes­sional op­por­tu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion in the case was not made, but the judge had ruled the chil­dren should stay in Al­berta un­der joint cus­tody, stay­ing with Allyson, while the mat­ter was be­ing sorted out.

Roten­burger de­scribed the McCon­nells as “a great cou­ple” — un­til re­cently.

“Ally just wanted to go home,” Roten­burger said. “She just wanted to go back to Aus­tralia.”

Roten­burger called Cur­tis a great fa­ther, happy to do things like join in the fun when his boys and Roten­burger’s daugh­ter played in the ball pit at a re­cent trip to West Ed­mon­ton Mall. TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (CP) — Lawyer Guy Ber­trand in­sists his at­tempts to find a Que­bec girl miss­ing since July 2007 have been fruit­ful — even though Cedrika Provencher still hasn’t been found.

“It was a suc­cess be­cause we have in­for­ma­tion that was never given be­fore,” he said Wed­nes­day.

Act­ing in­de­pen­dently of the po­lice, Ber­trand spent the past six months gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion about the girl’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Provencher was just nine years old when she van­ished from her neigh­bour­hood in Trois-Rivieres, mid­way be­tween Montreal and Que­bec City.

Ber­trand says he re­ceived 342 detailed pieces of in­for­ma­tion but only 21 tips were “highly cred­i­ble.”

“In th­ese cases, where I had the con­sent of in­for­mants, I re­ferred the dossiers to the pro­vin­cial po­lice,” he told a news con­fer­ence in Trois-Rivieres.

Ber­trand says the tips in­cluded in­for­ma­tion from an in­mate in a Que­bec prison “in which he says he is the ab­duc­tor of Cedrika.”

There was also “in­for­ma­tion which led us to dig up the ground in cer­tain places where it was stated that Cedrika was buried.”

A pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesman con­firmed Ber­trand passed the leads along to au­thor­i­ties.

The Cana­dian Press

Ten-month old Con­nor McCon­nell (right) and his three-year-old brother Jay­den are shown in a an un­dated photo taken from a Face­book trib­ute page.

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