Police still waiting for estate sale attendees to come forward

Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brein haven't been seen since they...

Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brein haven't been seen since they went missing from the Liknes' Calgary home.

Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

CALGARY -- Those actually living under a rock are excused.

But the 100-odd Calgarians who are just too lazy, too busy or too self-absorbed and shy to comply with one simple police request in the midst of an Amber Alert — what you’re doing is unforgivable.

Lives may be at stake, and you can’t be bothered to step forward as asked, having attended a couple’s estate sale hours before they and their grandchild disappeared.

The abduction of five-year-old Nathan O’Brein and his grandparents may be the most widely-publicized missing persons case in Calgary history — and yet the response to a vital police request for help has so far been appalling.

“We estimated about 200 people initially went to that estate sale, and so far 88 people have come forward,” said police spokesman Kevin Brookwell.

“So we still would like to have folks who were part of the estate sale to come forward.”

The witnesses so far account for less than half of the people who attended the moving sale at 123 38A Ave. S.W. on June 28 and 29 — a pathetic total, considering what’s on the line.

The open-house sale took place before someone arrived at the Parkhill home after 10 p.m. on the Sunday, and violently abducted the three people inside.

No one has seen Alvin and Kathy Liknes or their grandson since — which is why every scrap of information about the estate sale is vital, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.

Especially when the current leads are so fragile.

That’s becoming increasingly clear, as the search for the trio enters its second week, and police hold press conferences to admit they have little to go on so far.

A massive search at an acreage near Airdrie sounds promising, but Brookwell admits the entire operation, including dozens of cops, dogs and equipment, hinges on just one unsure clue — a truck.

A green truck belonging to a resident of the property, Douglas Garland — a man now in custody on unrelated charges — happens to look like one that was spotted on security cameras in the Parkhill neighbourhood on the night of the abduction.

Brookwell says there could be more green Ford trucks dating from the late 1980s or early ‘90s.

“It’s a unique truck in colour age and year, but if folks know of any other trucks that match that description absolutely give us a call,” said Brookwell.

Garland, who has family and reported business connections to the victims, obviously has one such matching truck, but Brookwell admits it could be a coincidence.

“It’s a vehicle that matches the description, but we don’t know if it’s related or the actual vehicle seen in the CCTV,” he said.


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