Saskatchewan RCMP find car of mother who allegedly abducted her 3 children

Police are searching for the three missing boys — Leon, 12, Thomas, 9, and Christopher, 11 — who are believed to be with their mother, Astrid Schiller. (Submitted by Manitoba RCMP - image credit)

Saskatchewan RCMP says they've located the vehicle of a woman who allegedly abducted her three children last December, in an investigation that's spanned three provinces.

Police said in an updated news release Saturday they found a white Mercedes GLC — which they believe was driven by 55-year-old Astrid Schiller —abandoned at Pine Cree Regional Park in southwestern Saskatchewan on Friday.

Last week, Manitoba RCMP said the woman was arrested at a Canada-U.S. border crossing near Boissevain on a warrant for child abduction from Durham Regional Police in Ontario, and that the children were taken into care.

The woman was later released from custody as the warrant was not extended into Manitoba. The RCMP said that on Monday, it received a report the children were no longer in care at the home north of Brandon, Man., that they were in.

Schiller and her three missing children — Leon, 12, Christopher, 11 and Thomas, 9 — weren't with the vehicle and haven't been located, the RCMP said Saturday.

The woman was last seen on Wednesday in the Pine Cree Regional Park area in southwestern Saskatchewan with the children.

She also may have been at a business on 1st Avenue West in the town of Assiniboia, which is in the south-central part of the province, around June 17 at 7 a.m., police say.

The RCMP said Schiller and the children may be staying at various campgrounds or parks. The Durham police arrest warrant is not extended into Saskatchewan, the release said.

The case is not currently listed as an Amber Alert, as there is no evidence the children are in imminent danger. But police are urging the public to contact them if they see or interact with Schiller and the three children.