Police hold out hope Calgary boy, grandparents are alive

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

Dave Dormer, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

Despite few clues surfacing around the disappearance of a Calgary couple and their grandson, police say they will not give up hope of finding the trio.

“Indefinitely,” said spokesman Kevin Brookwell.

“We are hopeful we will find them alive and there’s nothing to indicate otherwise.

“Everybody is watching this closely, everybody wants to help ... I know the family appreciates that.

“We’ll keep continuing on and no stone will be left unturned.”

As the search entered its 12th day Friday, officers resumed working at Spyhill Landfill in northwest Calgary.

A day earlier, searchers combed through East Calgary Landfill at 17 Ave. and 68 St. S.E. and police said they have asked that materials sent to Shepard Landfill be set aside.

Nathan O’Brien, 5, and his grandparents, Alvin Liknes, 66, and Kathryn Liknes, 53, were reported missing June 30 from the couple’s Parkhill home following a weekend-long estate sale at the residence.

Police said they found evidence of a violent crime in the home and at least one person was likely in medical distress.

Police also said it was apparent the trio did not leave voluntarily.

A person of interest, Douglas Garland, was taken in for questioning days later and released soon after.

He was immediately re-arrested on unrelated identity theft charges, however, and was released on bail on Friday under several conditions, including that he check in with police once a week.

Forensic investigators have also been searching an acreage in Airdrie where Garland lived with his parents.

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Parkhill Stanley Park Community Centre, where O’Brien’s parents, Jennifer and Rod, told the crowd there “is no doubt in our minds,” the ending to this story will be a happy one.

Police are also asking rural property owners around Airdrie to look for anything missing or unusual.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be e-mailed to homicidetips@calgarypolice.ca.


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