Police still searching for clues in case of missing Calgary family

Calgary city police sift through articles in the garage on Saturday July 12, 2014 of the home where...

Calgary city police sift through articles in the garage on Saturday July 12, 2014 of the home where five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes went missing in Parkhill in SW Calgary, Alta. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

Jenna McMurray, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

Calgary police returned to the home of Alvin and Kathryn Liknes to search it again Saturday.

The Parkhill house is where it’s believed the couple and their grandson, five-year-old Nathan O’Brien, disappeared from at the end of last month.

The three were reported missing June 30 after Nathan’s mother went to pick her son up from a sleepover at his grandparents’ home and found no one there.

He had stayed the night after the Likneses had hosted a two-day estate sale at their home.

Police have said a violent incident of some sort took place at the house.

On Saturday, the 13th day of a desperate search for the missing family, police were back at the home to look for any additional clues.

“There’s nothing specific we’re looking for,” said Sgt. Cory Ma.

“It’s just to make sure they didn’t miss anything.”

City police along with RCMP also continued searching several areas in Airdrie, including the acreage where person of interest Douglas Garland lives, and from where they seized a truck matching the description of one spotted in the Parkhill area the night the family disappeared.

Garland, 54, who was taken in for questioning in relation to the case on July 4, was granted bail on unrelated charges Friday and later released from custody.

Police also continued combing through the Spyhill landfill to see if they could find anything related to the disappearances.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or homicidetips@calgarypolice.ca or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

June 28-29: Alvin and Kathy Liknes hold an estate sale at their southwest Parkhill home.

June 29: The couple is last seen by Jennifer O’Brien when she leaves son Nathan for a sleepover at his grandparents’ home.

June 30: When O’Brien returns to pick up Nathan at 10 a.m. the trio are discovered missing from a home that had been violently disturbed, triggering an Amber Alert.

July 2: Nathan’s parents and other family members hold a tearful press conference pleading for the boy to be strong and for their loved ones’ release.

July 3: Investigators speak to 75 people who attended the estate sale, seeking leads.

July 4: Police say they’re looking for the driver of a green Ford pickup truck pictured driving around the area at the time of the crime. Investigators are led to an acreage in Airdrie where they locate a truck matching the description and take a person of interest, Douglas Garland, in for questioning.

July 5: Police presence at the Airdrie acreage grows as the property is searched.

July 7: Garland, who has not been charged in relation to the missing persons case, appears in court via CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre to face a charge of identity theft in connection with the use of the name of a dead Alberta teen. Meanwhile, the search in Airdrie expands to new locations near the acreage.

July 9: Police begin searching the Spyhill landfill in relation to the case. The Crown agrees to the release of Douglas Garland on unrelated charges, which now include possessing a bank card obtained by crime.

July 10: The search expands to a second dump at 17 Ave. and 68 St. S.E. A candlelight vigil for Alvin, Kathryn and Nathan is held in Parkhill.

July 11: Douglas Garland is granted bail on unrelated charges, though he can’t return home since the Airdrie acreage is still being searched by police.

July 12: Police continue searching in Airdrie, at the Spyhill landfill and return to the Likneses’ Parkhill home to search again.

jenna.mcmurray@sunmedia.ca

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