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Crime Beat podcast: Who killed Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman?

Taliyah Marsman and her mother Sara Baillie. Obtained by Global News

In July 2016, a Calgary mother, Sara Baillie, was found dead in her home, and her five-year-old daughter, Taliyah Marsman, was missing.

Three days later, an Amber Alert came to a heartbreaking end when the little girl was found dead.

On this episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt takes a look at who killed Sara and Taliyah.

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A file photo of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman. Obtained by Global News
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Edward Downey escorted by Calgary Police July 14, 2016. Global News
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Scott Hamilton, right, uncle to Sara Baillie, dances at the memorial service for Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman Thursday, July 21, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.
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Map of cell phone pings created by Calgary Police Crime analyst Trish Pace for criminal trial of Edward Downey. Court Exhibit
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AB's Dodge Charger driven by Edward Downey on July 11, 2016. Court exhibit photo
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A picture of duct tape evidence shown in the Edward Downey double-murder trail Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Court exhibit
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Edward Downey is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Alberta Courts. Downey was convicted of killing a Calgary mother and her young daughter, will have to wait 50 years before he can apply for parole.
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Edward Downey is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Alberta Courts. Edward Downey is convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of five-year-old Taliyah Marsman and her mother Sara Baillie. Alberta Courts
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From left to right: Alex Hamilton, Taliyah’s cousin, Scott Hamilton, Taliyah’s uncle and Marilynne Hamilton, Taliyah’s aunt on a bench created in memory of Taliyah and her mother Sara Baillie. Loren Andreae / Global News
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A bench has been created in honour of Taliyah Marsman and her mother Sara Baillie. Loren Andreae / Global News

Hours after Taliyah’s body was recovered, police announced a man was charged in the case.

Edward Downey was accused of two counts of first-degree murder.

WATCH: (Nov. 27, 2018) Edward Downey’s former girlfriend testifies at double murder trial

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Edward Downey’s former girlfriend testifies at double murder trial – Nov 27, 2018

Sara and Taliyah’s family was left with so many questions.

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The man accused of this incomprehensible crime wasn’t even on the family’s radar.

Why would Downey kill Sara, let alone her child?

READ MORE: Man charged with Sara Baillie, Taliyah Marsman murders didn’t pose ‘undue risk’: parole board

Find out the motive for this horrific crime and how the killer was caught in episode 12, the second part of the special Crime Beat series.

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Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

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