‘Unprecedented’ for kidnapper to return boy, expert says
As the days of Kienan Hebert’s abduction wore on, Canadians braced themselves for the worst — that the three-year-old’s ordeal at the hands of his kidnapper had ended tragically.

The happy news early Sunday that the abductor, believed to be a sex offender, had apparently returned the boy unharmed to his home in Sparwood, B.C., surprised even the experts, with one prominent U.S. advocate for missing children saying he cannot remember a similar outcome in the past.

While the majority of child sex offenders do actually release their victims alive, it is unheard of for a culprit with clearly serious criminal intentions to go to such lengths to ensure a child’s safe return, said Ernie Allen, president of the Virginia-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“For an abductor to take a child in this manner — to penetrate the home, to come into the home, to take the child — and then return the child back to the home is in many ways unprecedented,” he said. “We’ve worked thousands of these cases and I don’t remember one like it.”

Photo: Kienan Hebert tosses a frisbee with his father Paul Hebert in Sparwood, British Columbia, Sept. 11, 2011. (Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald)

World’s Largest Truck - 1973 Terex Titan 33-19 dump truck by dave_7 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This Titan 33-19 was once the world’s biggest dump truck. A title it held from 1973 to 1988. This was the prototype of a proposed production run but is the only one ever produced. This was built in Canada by Terex, a subsidiary of General Motors. Powered by a diesel/electric power-train charged by a two stroke, turbocharged 169.49L V16.

On display in Sparwood, BC.
Amber Alert issued for 3 year old Kienan Hebert

Elk Valley RCMP have issued an AMBER ALERT in its efforts to locate 3 year old Kienan Hebert of Sparwood BC, reported missing from the family home this morning, Wednesday September 7, 2011.

Kienan Hebert is described as:
Age: 3 years old
Hair: red
Race: Caucasian
Descriptors: He was last seen wearing a blue pair of “Scooby Doo” boxer shorts

Police are also looking for Randall Peter Hopley

Age: 46
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Race: Caucasian
Descriptors: He has a birthmark along his hairline


The first day of November we spent another glorious day on the road! We actually ended up driving into Alberta for a brief spell and some wonderful windmill scenery, and then headed back into BC when we again yearned for the mountains. Here are some photos from Cranbrook through Fernie, Sparwood and crossing over into Alberta!