Po­lice have hope for missing girl

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - LAU­REN KRUGEL

CAL­GARY — Po­lice say a girl match­ing the de­scrip­tion of a missing five-year-old was spot­ted about nine hours be­fore her mother was found dead and they have rea­son to hope the child is be­ing cared for, wher­ever she is.

Insp. Don Cole­man said wit­nesses saw a girl who looked like Taliyah Leigh Mars­man on Mon­day around 11:30 a.m., with a stocky, black male. They were seen in the north­west Cal­gary neighbourhood where Taliyah lived with her mother, Sara Bail­lie, who was found dead that evening in their base­ment suite.

Po­lice say the sight­ing was near where Bail­lie’s ve­hi­cle was found. The girl who wit­nesses saw was wear­ing red or pink boots with white polka dots and was car­ry­ing a red­dish-coloured suit­case.

“If the girl seen in Panorama with the boots and the suit­case is, in fact, Taliyah, the suit­case is a promising in­di­ca­tion that who­ever she’s with has in­ten­tions of caring for her to some de­gree,” Insp. Don Cole­man said Wed­nes­day.

“We’re hope­ful that who­ever does have her just maybe didn’t re­al­ize the sit­u­a­tion or is try­ing to fig­ure out how to re­solve it.

“Who­ever that is needs to be aware that any time chil­dren are harmed, that changes the game and takes things to a whole new level for ev­ery­body — po­lice, community. Even other peo­ple in jail don’t take kindly to that sort of thing.”

The Amber Alert for Taliyah was still in place Wed­nes­day. Po­lice have ruled Bail­lie’s death a homi­cide.

Po­lice also said footage from a se­cu­rity cam­era shows Bail­lie and her daugh­ter at a Dairy Queen at sup­per­time Sun­day. Bail­lie ap­pears to be speak­ing with a man and a boy. Po­lice want to iden­tify the peo­ple in the footage and have posted pho­tos of the ex­change on the City of Cal­gary’s web­site.

Taliyah’s fa­ther begged any­one who may know where his “baby” is to come for­ward.

“Please, it’s never too late to do the right thing,” Colin Mars­man said in a state­ment through his friend, Gabriel Goree.

Taliyah Leigh

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