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Family of suspected Calgary double homicide victims asks for help: ‘They are so loved’

Calgary double homicide investigation slows as family pleads for information
WATCH: A weekend snowstorm stopped Calgary police from searching for a missing mom and her daughter south of Bragg Creek on Sunday, but the family of Aliyah Sanderson hopes more people come forward with information. Michael King reports.​

The family of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson released a statement Sunday morning, pleading to the public for help and sharing details about the missing mother and daughter.

Jasmine Lovett, 25, and her little girl were last seen in the Cranston neighbourhood on April 16 and the last activity on Lovett’s bank accounts was April 18. They were reported missing on April 23.

There is no evidence to suggest the pair are alive, investigators said.

On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston.
On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston. Brian Pshyk/Global News
On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston.
On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston. Brian Pshyk/Global News
On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston.
On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston. Brian Pshyk/Global News

On Sunday at around 6:45 p.m., police released a condo in Cranston that had been a major part of the investigation. Officers could be seen taking down crime scene tape, and removing bins and paper bags from the home.

READ MORE: Search for missing Calgary mother and child now ‘suspected’ double-homicide investigation

Aliyah’s paternal aunt and grandmother said the family is asking everyone to help in the investigation.

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“We are devastated by the recent disappearance of Aliyah Sanderson and Jasmine Lovett,” they said.

“They are so loved by so many people and we just want answers.”

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“We are pleading with the public to keep contacting the police with information and checking your properties for anything that seems out of the ordinary.

“We are hoping and praying for closure for everyone involved.

“We want to thank the Calgary police and all the investigators involved for their diligent work. Along with all the support from everyone in Calgary, Bragg Creek and Priddis as we navigate this difficult time,” Jodi and Amber Sanderson said.

Police have said Aliyah’s father is not the suspect and is co-operating with the investigation. The family says he is distraught.

Watch below (April 27): Forensics teams were back on scene in Calgary Saturday, searching a Cranston townhouse believed to be connected to the disappearances of Jasmine Lovett and Aliyah Sanderson. As Jenna Freeman reports, the family of the missing pair is pleading for the public to come forward with any information in the case.

Calgary police continue to search Cranston home connected to suspected double homicide
Calgary police continue to search Cranston home connected to suspected double homicide

Since news of Lovett and Sanderson’s disappearances broke earlier this week, crews have been searching the Bragg Creek area and a Cranston house in connection with the case.

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READ MORE: Calgary police release vehicle description, suspend search due to snow in suspected double homicide

However, police called off the search late Saturday morning due to poor and changing weather conditions.

A condo in Cranston still being held by Calgary police on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
A condo in Cranston still being held by Calgary police on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Michael King, Global News
Calgary police Forensics Crime Scenes Unit at a Cranston townhouse complex at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Calgary police Forensics Crime Scenes Unit at a Cranston townhouse complex at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019. Mia Sosiak, Global News
Calgary police and Forensics Crime Scenes Unit remain on scene at a Cranston townhouse complex 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Calgary police and Forensics Crime Scenes Unit remain on scene at a Cranston townhouse complex 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2019. Mia Sosiak, Global News

Also on Saturday, police said they are looking for a man in his mid-30s who was driving a grey Mercedes SUV in the areas of Bragg Creek, Elbow Falls, Priddis and east Kananaskis between April 16 and 20.

Investigators believe the man was in the Fullerton Loop and Elbow Falls area on April 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

READ MORE: ‘Primary suspect’ released as police continue search for Jasmine Lovett, Aliyah Sanderson

The man may have been alone or with either of the victims and may have been carrying mulch in his vehicle, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police non-emergency at 403-266-1234, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– With files from Global News’ Kaylen Small