ACT Policing: Assistance sought – unlawful removal of children (16 November 2009)

ACT Policing has released a photograph of Joanne McNoe

ACT Policing is seeking public assistance in the search for a 36-year-old woman who has unlawful custody of her two children.

Joanne McNoe, 36, unlawfully removed her two children, eight-year-old Liam Shahriar and six-year-old Liana Shahriar, from their school in Ainslie about 2.15pm yesterday (November 16). The woman was last seen walking away from the school with the two children.

Police do have concerns for the welfare of the children and conducted extensive enquiries late yesterday, overnight and today. The trio have not yet been located and police are seeking the assistance of the public to help find them.

Ms McNoe is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of a heavy build and has shoulder-length dyed blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a white strapless full length ‘maxi’ dress which has a black pattern on it and was carrying a shoulder bag.

Liam is described as having an olive complexion, short dark coloured hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt and dark blue shorts.

Liana is described as having an olive complexion, dark coloured hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt and a dark blue tartan skirt.

Anyone who may have seen Ms McNoe, Liam and Liana is asked to contact ACT Police Operations on 131 444.

Members of the community are also reminded they can provide information anonymously by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000, or via the website,

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  1. Police arrest woman following alleged unlawful taking of children
    Friday, 20 November 2009

    ACT Policing has arrested a 36-year-old woman who was wanted in relation to the unlawful removal of two children from their school on Monday afternoon (November 16). The children have been returned safely to care.

    Around 10pm today (November 20) ACT Policing members, including Specialist Response and Security officers and detectives from the Territory Investigations Group, apprehended the woman from a house in Ngunnawal where she was located with the children.

    The arrest was made after ACT Policing Intelligence conducted extensive enquiries as to the whereabouts of the trio.

    The alleged offender will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (November 21) charged with two counts of the offence of unlawfully taking child.

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