Police making progress in case of missing Calgary family

Rod and Jennifer O’Brien speak to media in Calgary, Alta on Wednesday July 2, 2014 about the...

Rod and Jennifer O’Brien speak to media in Calgary, Alta on Wednesday July 2, 2014 about the disappearance of their five-year-old son Nathan and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

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Police say they're making progress in the troubling disappearance of a boy and his grandparents.

Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said Thursday the case is less of a mystery due to video and witness evidence.

"We have no suspects we can name but we have information that's allowed us to move forward," he said.

Also Thursday, relatives of missing Nathen O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathy Liknes were allowed into the southwest home where the trio were last seen Sunday.

They were helping inventory what was sold in the home during an estate sale there last weekend and what might have been stolen.

Andrus said he's still "confident we'll find the family members, and we'll find them alive."

But he said it's odd not to have anyone contacted if the case was a straight kidnapping.

By 1 p.m. Thursday, up to 30 people who might have attended the estate sale spoke with investigators at the Parkhill Community Centre.

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Homicide Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said police are working around the clock in searching for the missing trio, fielding tips and tracking down leads.

“We have received well over 100 tips in the last couple of days and we have six detectives assigned just to follow up on those tips,” he said, adding some 80 officers to date have aided in the investigation.

“Right now we’re very positive that we’re going to find these individuals, we’re hoping we’re going to find them alive.”

Admitting investigators have no suspects or motive, Andrus called on anyone who attended the weekend estate sale or purchased items from the home at 123 38 Ave. S.W. to gather at the Parkhill Stanley Park Community Hall, at 4013 Stanley Rd. S.W., Thursday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“We just want to make sure we’re aware of what was sold and this way we can determine if anything’s missing from their residence,” he said.

The Liknes’ had sold their home and were set to move to a newly purchased home in Edmonton before spending some time at another residence in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Andrus said police are now reviewing CCTV tape from the inner city neighbourhood and have reached out to Canadian Border Services to keep tabs on airports and other points of entry.

As of Wednesday evening, investigators weren’t searching city landfills with no information to suggest the need to.

Andrus noted dark stains consistent with drag marks outside the home are being analyzed, but so far have not been identified.

Despite suggesting on Tuesday that family were preparing a reward in excess of $100,000, family members and police on Wednesday stepped back from any immediate monetary incentive for tips.

Meanwhile, family members are holding out hope all three will be found safe and sound.

“I know grandma’s holding you so tightly right now and taking care of you and they’re doing everything in their power to keep you safe,” said Jen O’Brien, Nathan’s mom and Kathryn’s daugther.

“I just need you to stay strong and we are going to see you ... and we love you so much.”

Nathan is white, 3-feet tall with blond curly hair and brown eyes and was wearing peach-coloured shorts and a striped blue hoodie when he was last seen.

Alvin, 66, is white, 6-feet tall, 200 lbs. with a slim build and grey-blond hair while Kathryn, 56, is 5-foot-3. 120 lbs. with red-brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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