Police zero in on pond in case of missing Calgary boy and grandparents 0
Calgary Police join RCMP as they search a newly taped off area north of a rural property near Airdrie northeast of Calgary, Alta on Sunday July 6, 2014. A truck is shown in the distance. There is no indication when the vehicle was left in the field. Police are at the property located northeast of Airdrie for the second full day in the case related to the three missing Calgary people, including a five year old boy. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency
Police on Sunday taped off an area north of an Airdrie acreage they’ve been searching in relation to the disappearance of a Calgary family, but dismantled the scene a few hours later.
Police ended up at the sprawling rural property Friday night after following up on a tip about a green Ford F-150 seen in the Parkhill area of Calgary the night Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien disappeared.
Nathan had been staying with his grandparents overnight after they held an estate sale at their home.
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When his mother arrived to pick him up the morning of June 30, neither he nor his grandparents were there.
Police later said a violent incident had taken place.
An Amber Alert was issued and remains in effect.
From the Airdrie acreage, police seized a truck matching the description of the one they were looking for, but did not confirm it was the same one.
They also took a man in for questioning, but he was later released without charges.
The Sun has learned that man, who police call a “person of interest,” is Douglas Garland.
Calgary police and RCMP spent Saturday scouring the acreage in rural Airdrie, conducting grid searches through the tall grass.
While police didn’t address the media Sunday, a day earlier Insp. Joel Matthews said it’s hoped the search of the property will yield some clues into the ongoing mystery.
“It may not lead where we want it to lead,” he admitted.
As for the fate of the trio, he said it’s uncertain whether they’re still alive.
“We don’t know one way or the other.”
The search continued Sunday morning and then a second scene was taped off in an area just north of the acreage.
A police dog was brought in to look through a field surrounding a pond while a police helicopter examined the scene from above.
A Calgary police boat was brought to the second scene, but was never deployed into the water.
After looking through the area, investigators removed the police tape, re-opening a shuttered intersection to traffic.
Shortly after that, search teams left the original scene down the road, though police continued to hold the property as of the dinner hour Sunday.
It’s expected a search at the first scene may resume Monday morning.
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