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Saskatchewan RCMP still looking for suspect in car theft that led to Amber Alert

Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 10:48 am PDT

(RCMP Photo)

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – RCMP say they have yet to identify any suspects in a car theft that led to an Amber Alert in Saskatchewan.

The alert was issued after police say six-year-old Emma O’Keeffe was left in the back of her parents’ running SUV and it was stolen from outside a strip mall in North Battleford Sunday night.

The child was found almost 14 hours later still inside the SUV, which had been left about two kilometres from where it had been taken and was noticed by some workers who called 911.

Cpl. Rob King says the child was checked out at hospital and then reunited with her family.

Emma is autistic, epileptic and non-verbal and her mother had said she needed medication to control her condition.

King says the focus of the investigation remains on who was responsible for taking the vehicle and not why the child was left alone in a running car in the first place.

The suspect was believed to be driving a dark grey 2010, Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec SUV with Saskatchewan license plate 897 HMX.

RCMP in Saskatchewan have issued an Amber Alert for a six-year-old girl who they say was in the back of her family’s SUV, shown in an RCMP handout photo, when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT