(Last updated July 14, 6 a.m.)
The AMBER Alert for Taliyah MARSMAN is still in effect.
Police have taken a man into custody in connection with this AMBER Alert and are now searching a rural area east of Chestermere for evidence in this case.
It is anticipated that police will speak to media about this development later today, however no time has been set at this point.
Investigators would still like to speak to a family who spoke to Taliyah and her mother around 5:30 p.m., Sunday night at a Dairy Queen located at 66 Sandarac Dr. N.W. Police are releasing CCTV photos from the restaurant of Taliyah, her mother and the family in the hopes the family might see the photos and remember the evening. This family is NOT suspected of any wrongdoing.
Witnesses have also told police that they saw a girl matching Taliyah’s description with a stocky, black male, in the vicinity of where her mother’s vehicle was located, close to Panamount Boulevard N.W. The girl was wearing red or pink boots with white polka dots and was carrying a reddish-coloured suitcase.
Anyone with information about either of these encounters is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234.
Any further updates on this AMBER Alert will be posted here as they become available.
AMBER Alert Information:
It is believed the girl was abducted from a residence in the 1000 block of Panamount Boulevard N.W., by an unknown person. The girl’s mother, Sara BAILLIE, was found deceased in the same residence and police are actively investigating her homicide.
The abducted child is Taliyah (pronounced Ta-LEE-ah) Leigh MARSMAN. Taliyah is 5-years-old, of mixed race, with a slim build, brown curly hair and blue eyes. She may have been wearing red or pink boots with white polka dots and may have been carrying a reddish-coloured suitcase at the time.
Police were looking for a vehicle of interest in the early hours of Tuesday, however this vehicle has since been located. Police are still looking for a family who may have had contact with Taliyah and her mother the day before her abduction.
Anyone with information on Taliyah’s whereabouts is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or the Amber Alert hotline at 403-53-AMBER (403-532-6237).