Fundraisers organized to support family of missing trio

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, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

CALGARY -- With police asking the public not to undertake search efforts on their own for a missing city boy and his grandparents, some are turning to community fundraisers as a way to show support.

"They still have bills," said Malissa Ancell, who is helping organize a trade show at the Airdrie, Alta., Ramada on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"I'm a mom and I would not be in the right state of mind to be working.

"If this is one thing we can do to raise a little bit of money (for the family) then that's what we're going to do."

Nathan O'Brien, 5, and his grandparents, Alvin, 66, and Kathryn, 53, Liknes, were reported missing June 30.

Police have said they evidence of a violent crime in the couple's home and that the trio didn't leave voluntarily.

After being questioned early on as a person of interest, Douglas Garland, 54, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder on Monday, the same day police said they believe the trio were killed.

Garland's sister is in a common-law relationship with one of the Liknes' sons and police have confirmed Garland had business ties to the couple.


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