Man questioned on case of missing family held in jail on unrelated charge

Police are searching for Alvin Cecil Liknes, Kathryn Faye Liknes and their grandson, five-year-old...

Police are searching for Alvin Cecil Liknes, Kathryn Faye Liknes and their grandson, five-year-old Nathan O'Brien. Photos courtesy of Calgary Police

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 AM ET

CALGARY — The man interviewed over the weekend as police investigated the mysterious and violent disappearance of a Calgary couple and their grandson made a brief court appearance Monday on an unrelated charge.

Douglas Garland, 54, faces a charge of identity theft, laid Friday, for using the name of a dead Alberta teen.

Garland is accused of possessing identification information of Matthew Hartley, the same name he assumed in the ‘90s while on the lam on outstanding drug charges.

Garland was arrested in May 1999, while living in Vancouver under Hartley's name, and returned to Calgary to face the drug charges. He was handed a 39-month prison term on Jan. 7, 2000.

The new charge alleges he possessed Hartley's identification information "in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable inference that the information was intended to be used to commit an indictable offence."

He was picked up by police Friday as a person of interest in the case of the June 30 disappearance of Alvin, 66, and Kathy Liknes, 53, and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien.

 


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