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.
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.