Douglas Garland, Calgary family murder suspect, to remain in custody

Douglas Garland is escorted by Calgary Police Service detectives to the arrest processing unit in...

Douglas Garland is escorted by Calgary Police Service detectives to the arrest processing unit in Calgary, Alta., on Monday July 14, 2014. Mike Drew/QMI Agency

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

CALGARY -- Douglas Garland made his first court appearance Wednesday after being charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien.

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.

Police later said a violent incident had taken place at the home.

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

Douglas Garland, 54, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree.

He appeared in court via CCTV.

The case was adjouned to Aug. 14. while Garland's lawyer, Kim Ross, awaits disclosure.

Outside court, Allen Liknes, son of Alvin , thanked Calgarians for their continued support in the search for clues to the family's disappearance.


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


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