Calgary police say they currently are not actively searching for the bodies of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathyrn Liknes.
The three vanished from the Liknes home in the southwest neighbourhood of Parkhill at the end of June. While their bodies have never been found, police later charged 54-year-old Douglas Garland with their murders.
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After the disappearance of Nathan and his grandparents, police spent days scouring areas in and outside Calgary, including an acreage in Airdrie owned by Douglas Garland’s parents.
Despite an exhaustive search, police found no sign of the three.
On Wednesday, police told Global News the search for Nathan and his grandparents will resume if they receive a significant lead. Police said they can’t comment further because the case is before the courts.
On the weekend they went missing, Alvin and Kathryn Likness were holding a three-day estate sale at their home; the couple was selling most of their possessions as they prepared for a move to Mexico.
Police later sent officers to Mexico to investigate a possible Mexican connection to the case, but they would not confirm what exactly they were checking out.
On Tuesday Nathan’s parents, Rod and Jennifer O’Brien, spoke for the first time since their son was presumed dead.
“I hope we find our family, Nathan and his grandparents. I hope that every day, pray every day for that,” said Rod O’Brien.
That’s my family’s wish. Bring him home and bury him with dignity – that is our daily prayer, to bring him home.
They did not comment on the police investigation but Rod O’Brien said he plans to be in court when Douglas Garland’s trial begins on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.
Garland last appeared in court on September 17. A preliminary trial will begin next May.