Cops conclude search of property linked to missing boy, grandparents

Search and Rescue crews search farmland near Airdrie, Alta, north of Calgary, Alta, on Saturday...

Search and Rescue crews search farmland near Airdrie, Alta, north of Calgary, Alta, on Saturday July 19, 2014.

The search continues for three missing people, while Douglas Garland has been charged with murder by Calgary Police. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Jenna McMurray, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

CALGARY -- Police have finished their search of a property they zeroed in on after a Calgary family disappeared.

Investigators were led to the rural acreage in northeast Airdrie through a tip about a green pickup truck.

They were looking for a Ford F-150 seen driving in the area from where Alvin and Kathryn Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O'Brien were reported missing June 30.

At the Airdrie property, police found a green truck matching the description and also took a man who lived there, 54-year-old Douglas Garland, in for questioning.

Garland was later arrested and charged with three counts of murder -- two first-degree and one second-degree -- in relation to the missing family, whom police now believe are dead, though no bodies have been recovered.

For more than two weeks, the acreage was a major focus point in the investigation for more than two weeks, with heavy Calgary police and RCMP presence, including vehicles blocking the driveway from the road.


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