July 4, 2014 8:28 am

Police explore ‘new information’ in case of missing Calgary family

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CALGARY- Calgary Police say they have made significant progress in the case of a five-year-old and his grandparents who vanished from a Calgary home.

Timeline: Missing Calgary family Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes

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5-year-old Nathan O’Brien, 66-year-old Alvin Cecil Liknes and 53-year-old Kathryn Fay Liknes have not been seen since Sunday night, when Nathan’s mother dropped him off at the Liknes’ Parkhill home for a sleepover. An Amber Alert has since been issued, but so far there is no sign of the trio.

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As of Thursday, 40 investigators are working feverishly on the case, reviewing CCTV video, conducting an expanded neighbourhood search and following up on tips from the public.

“As with all major crimes investigations, we’ve devoted significant resources to this file,” says S/Sgt. Doug Andrus from the Calgary Police Service. “We continue to get information from the public, we’ve had a tremendous response.

“We can’t do this job alone. We weren’t there. We need the assistance of the public.”

WATCH: S/Sgt. Doug Andrus provided information to the  media on Thursday afternoon regarding the investigation underway

Police are also narrowing in on a suspect.

“We have no suspects, but we have information which has allowed us to move forward with this investigation,” Andrus says. “Are we closer than yesterday? I would say we are.

“We don’t know the motive at this point, and that’s one of the answers we want to get through our investigation.”

Liknes and O'Brien

Police have asked anyone who attended an estate sale at the Liknes’ home on Sunday to come to the Parkhill Community Centre, so they can identify if any items are missing from the home.

“We’re looking at pictures of what they obtained, asking if they’re willing to provide their fingerprints,” Andrus explains. “That’s just to eliminate fingerprints that were found at the crime scene…it’s just a process of elimination.

“There were a  lot of people there. What they touched, I don’t know. We just need to be prudent and cover that off.”

Investigators are also poring over video captured from homes and businesses near the scene, which Andrus says is proving very helpful—though he declined to say what was found on it. However, he remains optimistic.

“We’re very confident that we’re going to find these family members. We’re keeping an open mind and we’re hoping that we’ll find them alive.”

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