Calgary police believe remains are of little girl who was subject of an Amber Alert since Monday
Calgary police say they have found a body believed to be that of a little girl who has been the subject of an Amber Alert since Monday.
Police said late Thursday night that charges are pending against a suspect in the deaths of Taliyah Leigh Marsman and her mother, Sara Baillie.
They say the child’s body was located on a rural property east of Chestermere, near Calgary.
A 46-year-old man will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, but his name will not be released until he has appeared before a judge.
Police said earlier that a suspect arrested in the disappearance of the five-year-old Calgary girl was giving “zero co-operation” to investigators.
Insp. Don Coleman said the man is believed to be the same one witnesses saw Monday with a girl matching Taliyah Marsman’s description.
The man and girl were in the same Calgary neighbourhood where Sara Baillie’s body was discovered Monday night in the basement suite she shared with her daughter.
Police believe the man and the girl left a car belonging to Baillie, got into a grey sedan and drove off.
Coleman said the sedan was seized in a strip mall parking lot on Wednesday night and the driver was arrested.
The car was being examined by the forensics unit.
Coleman said Baillie, 34, knew the suspect, as did Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman.
He also said the suspect is known to police and that he has an extensive criminal background with some violence.
Police have not closed their eyes to the possibility of other suspects, he said.
Between 50 and 75 city police and RCMP officers were searching for clues in a rural area east of Calgary on Thursday.
The officers were trudging through canola fields and combing through tall grass with poles.
The groups made their way deliberately along gravel side roads, stopping to talk to property owners and lingering when they came across a culvert or bridge.
“Information that comes to light through several investigative strategies led us to believe that this individual was briefly in that area,” he said.
“We’ve searched other premises in the last few days. This rural area is no different.”
A stuffed animal was found by searchers, but police had no idea if it was significant.
Police searched a rural area in the disappearance of Taliyah Marsman, 5. Her body was found Thursday night.
Taliyah Leigh Marsman