What a sad story. Apparently the Calgary, Alberta Police are now treating this missing persons case involving 5 year old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Kathryn and Alvin Liknes, as a homicide case.

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After two weeks the case has been a mystery to everyone not knowing where the three are. Today a break in the case was made public. According to cbc.ca the police arrested a man, Douglas Garland, and they have charged him with two counts of first degree murder in the death of the grandparents and one count of second degree murder in the death of Nathan.

The Chief of Police, Rick Hanson, told the press that the bodies have not been found yet but based on evidence they have collected during their investigation, they now have reason to believe that the boy and his grandparents are dead. The police had said before that there were signs of violence inside the home of the Liknes, like drag marks and dark stains on the driveway when Nathan’s mother arrived that morning to pick up her son. After spending the night with his grandparents , Nathan’s mother came back to an empty house.

Hanson also said that they are still searching for them and they are asking all Airdrie residents, north of Calgary, to search their properties and report anything that could be related to this case. The police are still continuing their search of the property owned by Garland’s parents in Airdrie also.

Teena Prevost, Kathryn Liknes sister-in-law said that the family is still hoping they will be found alive. “Until the police can show us the bodies of out loved ones we will not believe they are deceased,” she said. “Praying we will find them alive.”

My thoughts and my prayers are with this family as well. I hope they are found alive as well.

Jan Barrett

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