01/05/2012 07:14 EST | Updated 03/06/2012 05:12 EST

Amber Alert issued for 2 Timmins children

The keen eyes of workers at a hotel in North Bay helped police find two missing children who were the subject of an Amber Alert Thursday morning.

After seeing pictures of the children and their father in local media, workers at a North Bay hotel called police to say the three had checked into the hotel and then left.

Police said the employees were able to provide a description of the vehicle. Shortly afterwards, North Bay Police located the car with the father and children inside. The toddlers — aged one and three — were not hurt. The father is now in custody.

The children had been missing since Wednesday night, after the 34-year-old father — who does not have custody rights — took them from their grandparents’ home.

Police issued an Amber Alert for the children this morning, when a search for the children at the homes of friends and relatives in Timmins came up empty.

They found the father’s broken-down car on a city street, but there was still no sign of the three. The father had friends and relatives in Ottawa, Quebec and Nova Scotia, so police thought he was headed east. This proved to be the case, as he was found southeast of Timmins, about four hours away, in the city of North Bay.