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Attention turns to ‘person of interest’ in case of missing Calgary family

CALGARY- As investigators continue to scour a property north of city limits following the disappearance of a Calgary family, attention is turning to a man who was taken in for questioning.

Police say the search just northeast of the bedroom community of Airdrie is connected to the disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, 66-year-old Alvin Cecil Liknes and 53-year-old Kathryn Fay Liknes.

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

On Friday night, a man who lives on the acreage was taken into custody for questioning.

“This is just an investigative step. It’s not something where we’re certain this is the fellow,” Duty Insp. Joel Matthews explained at the time. “We are just following up a tip, so it may not lead to where we wanted to lead and this might not be related.”

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Sources tell Global News he is 54-year-old Douglas Garland, and he remains in police custody on an unrelated matter. It’s believed that he has links to the Liknes family.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, to face a fraud-related charge. Calgary Police say he is still considered a person of interest in the missing persons case.

Investigators expect to continue searching the property over the next couple of days, and are trying to determine if a vehicle seized from the home is linked to the case.

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On Sunday, officers could be seen focusing their efforts on a pond about 500 metres north of the home, and brought in the K9 Unit and a boat to search the body of water.

Police search a property north of Calgary.
Police search a property north of Calgary. Sarah Offin/Global News
Police search a property north of Calgary.
Police search a property north of Calgary. Jenna Bridges/Global News
On Sunday, July 6, 2014 officers could be seen focusing their efforts on a pond about 500 metres north of the home, and brought in the K9 Unit and a boat to search the body of water.
On Sunday, July 6, 2014 officers could be seen focusing their efforts on a pond about 500 metres north of the home, and brought in the K9 Unit and a boat to search the body of water. Global News
Police search a property north of Calgary.
Police search a property north of Calgary. Sarah Offin/Global News

Area where police are searching:

The Amber Alert that was issued following the family’s disappearance nearly one week ago remains in effect.

5-year-old Nathan O’Brien. He has blonde, curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing peach-coloured shorts and a striped-blue hoodie.
5-year-old Nathan O’Brien. He has blonde, curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing peach-coloured shorts and a striped-blue hoodie. Police Handout
66-year-old Alvin Cecil Liknes. He is described as white, 6’ tall and 200 pounds with a slim build and grey/blond hair.
66-year-old Alvin Cecil Liknes. He is described as white, 6’ tall and 200 pounds with a slim build and grey/blond hair. Police Handout
53-year-old Kathryn Fay Liknes. She is white, 5’3” tall, 120 pounds with red/brown hair and green eyes.
53-year-old Kathryn Fay Liknes. She is white, 5’3” tall, 120 pounds with red/brown hair and green eyes. Police Handout