Cal­gary po­lice be­lieve re­mains are of lit­tle girl who was sub­ject of an Am­ber Alert since Mon­day

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - BILL GRAVELAND AND LAU­REN KRUGEL

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.

JEFF MCIN­TOSH, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Po­lice searched a ru­ral area in the dis­ap­pear­ance of Taliyah Mars­man, 5. Her body was found Thurs­day night.

Taliyah Leigh Mars­man

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