'Person of interest' in Calgary missing family case to get bail

An artist's sketch of Douglas Garland, the man questioned by police in connection with the June...

An artist's sketch of Douglas Garland, the man questioned by police in connection with the June 30th disappearance of Nathan O'Brien, and his grandparents, Kathy and Alvin Liknes. Garland was in court in Calgary, Alta. on Monday July 7, 2014, to face a charge of identity theft. Sketch by Janice Fletcher

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Crown has agreed to the release of Douglas Garland, the person of interest in the mysterious disappearance of a Calgary family, on unrelated charges.

But Crown attorney Shane Parker told court Wednesday they still have to iron out some conditions for Garland's bail, including where he will live.

Garland's current address, his parents Airdrie, Alta.-area farm, remains under siege by Mounties and Calgary police officers, who have been scouring the property for days.

Garland was taken in for questioning last Friday in the disappearance of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson, Nathan O'Brien.

The trio disappeared from the couple's Parkhill home June 30 and haven't been seen since.

Police released him from that detention, but charged him with an unrelated identity theft.

The Crown has since added a second charge of possessing a TD bank card that was obtained by crime.

Both charges are dated Friday.

The identity and bank card charges relate to the name of Matthew Hartley, an Alberta teen killed in a 1980 car crash and whose name Garland took while on the lam from police in the 1990s.

Garland was captured in Vancouver in 1999 living under Hartley's name and returned to Calgary.


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