Investigators bring in boat in search near Calgary acreage in missing family case

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Investigators brought in a dog and a police motorboat on Sunday as they shifted their search for a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents to a field and a slough north of an acreage.

A green F150 pick-up truck is shown in an image released by the Calgary Police Service released on Friday July 4, 2014. Calgary police are looking for a pickup truck and its driver in their investigation into a missing five-year-old boy and his grandparents.

The area police were focusing on Sunday is about a kilometre north of the acreage near this Calgary bedroom community that police combed on Saturday.

Yellow police tape blocked off an adjacent road and a half dozen officers and a dog walked through a field to the edge of a large slough. Moments later a Calgary police boat was towed into continue the search while a police helicopter searched overhead.

Earlier in the day police revealed they had released an individual taken into custody at the acreage Friday night.

Calgary police said he remains a “person of interest” and several police units will continue to search a residence connected to him on the outskirts of Airdrie.

Investigators say that, given the size of the property, the search is likely to continue throughout Sunday and into Monday as they search for clues in the disappearance a week ago of Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents — Alvin and Kathy Liknes.

Acting on a tip police arrived at the property late Friday night and found a green Ford F-150 truck similar to one spotted in a video taken near the Liknes home.

Police say they are trying determine if the truck, the property, or the man taken in for questioning, are linked to the investigation.

Nathan and his grandparents disappeared on Monday after the couple held an estate sale, and police have said there was evidence of a violent incident in the Liknes’s home.

Police say they want to hear from anyone who has any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing people or recognizes the pickup that was captured on video in the area of the grandparents’ home.

Investigators say an Amber Alert remains in place and is continuing to provide police with tips from the public.


By Bill Graveland

The Canadian Press—Airdrie, Alta.

Organizations: GravelandThe Canadian Press

Geographic location: Calgary

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  • MIMI M
    July 06, 2014 - 23:19

    New clues are in great need, here is a suggestion , so that anyone that has been around the Kilnes’s house during the sale could say they did their very best to help. Being involved in psychology and drawing for many years this tip can help; it would be very useful if everyone who was at the sale DRAW with pencil on paper, his own story of HIS VISIT. Indicating the TIME and anyone who seemed to be ACTING and NOT being TRUE, that made one feel even for few seconds that he was watching a movie, draw any scar, jewel worn, glasses frame, tattoo,a piece of clothing, birth mark, outline any recall of this person and also part of the very close surrounding ; there is no need for details of furniture, locating the outline of some objects only help our mind to bring souvenirs back to our memory. By drawing our subconscious slowly releases details kept silent in the back of our head at that time. If something was said, it can be added around the images. All those drawings given to the police might be filled with CLUES. No need for anyone to sign their drawings, police will write a case code when receiving this new information. No need to be a great artist draw with your heart and Nathan and his family in mind. So sorry, I am not fluent in English.