Man Charged in Missing Persons Investigation

CSP-Logo-prvCalgary Police Service – The Calgary Police Service can now officially identify a man charged in relation to an ongoing missing persons investigation, now deemed to be a homicide investigation.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, police arrested a man on property near the Airdrie acreage currently linked to the investigation into the disappearance of three family members.

Douglas Robert GARLAND, 54, of Airdrie, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Kathryn and Alvin Liknes, and one count of second-degree murder in the death of Nathan O’Brien. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

The Amber Alert has been discontinued. However, the bodies of the three victims have not been found and investigators continue to ask people to come forward with any information they may have. Rural property and business owners are asked to please search their properties for anything suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234, by email at, or via Crime Stoppers.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further media availabilities are expected. However, should there be any significant updates that can be released without compromising the impending court case, we will notify the media as soon as possible.