Family link between searched property and missing Calgary trio

Calgary police continue to search for Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson,...

Calgary police continue to search for Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson, Nathan O'Brien. (Calgary Police/QMI Agency Photos)

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:17 PM ET

CALGARY -- There's a family connection between a missing Calgary trio and a man questioned by police in their sudden and violent disappearance a week ago.

Douglas Garland was taken into custody Friday night after Calgary police and RCMP officers took interest in a rural Airdrie, Alta., property.

He was taken away when police first arrived at the rural property, following a public tip on a sighting of a vehicle they were looking for in the recent disappearances of five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes.

Little Nathan and his grandparents were taken from the Liknes' Calgary home and police say there was evidence of violence in the home suggesting one of the three would have been in medical distress.

CCTV photos showed a green Ford F150 truck in the area at about the right time near the Parkhill home little Nathan and his grandparents went missing at about the right time.

Garland was in custody through Saturday as police searched the rural Airdrie property, owned by his parents.

He was later released with no charges laid, though police remained at the rural property Sunday.

Police have said Garland remains a person of interest but isn't, at this time, a suspect.

QMI Agency has learned he has a family connection to the Liknes family, through a sister's common-law marriage.

Garland also has history with police, stretching back more than a decade.

According to court documents, in 1992 Mounties raided the same rural Airdrie property they and Calgary police are now searching.

Garland faced charges for drug production on the property and skipped town.

Seven years later, in 1999, Garland was found and arrested in Vancouver under the assumed identify of Matthew Hartley, long-deceased, and Garland later pleaded guilty to charges old and new and sentenced to time in federal prison.

damien.wood@sunmedia.ca

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