July 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Updated: July 18, 2014 9:11 pm

Douglas Garland on suicide watch, as search for missing family continues


CALGARY- With this weekend marking three weeks since the disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathyrn Liknes, searchers continue to comb for clues.

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On Friday, dive teams scoured a pond near the acreage where Douglas Garland lives. Garland faces three murder charges in connection with the family’s disappearance.

Global News has learned that Garland is currently on suicide watch at the Calgary Remand Centre. While Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General say they can’t comment on specific cases, they do say:

“Every offender is assessed by a health care professional upon arrival. If the health care professional determines that an offender is at risk for self-harm, that individual would be placed on observation in a specialized area.”

Garland is being monitored 24 hours a day.

The Liknes and O’Brien families are still holding out hope that police will get the information they need to recover the bodies of their loved ones.

This weekend, search crews have been tasked with combing high probability locations near Airdrie.

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