Douglas Garland charged with murder in missing Calgary family case

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

CALGARY — Calgary police have officially charged Douglas Garland with three counts of murder in deaths of five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents.

Douglas Garland, 54, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and is charged with second-degree murder in the death of their grandson.

He is expected to be in court Wednesday.

Police have yet to find the bodies of the victims, and are pleading with landowners in and around Airdrie, Atla., to search their properties and to call authorities should they find anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.

The search for a Calgary family took a heartbreaking turn Monday as police announced they no longer believe any them to be alive.

Click on the timeline below to see how the case has unfolded.

Two weeks after five-year-old O’Brien and his grandparents were reported missing, Calgary police chief Rick Hanson said the investigation is now a homicide file.

It’s news that Hanson said has shattered the victims’ families.

“Even as the days went by there’s always a hope, there’s always a glimmer of hope, and unfortunately with the laying of the charges, we’ve taken that hope away from the family, so they are devastated,” he said.

He began a news conference Monday by expressing his condolences to the Liknes and O’Brien families.

“I cannot imagine how difficult and painful the last two weeks have been,” he said.​


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