It was with deep sadness that the Calgary Police Service issued the following statement at 11:00pm last night, July 14th, 2016:
“The Calgary Police Service is deeply saddened to report that a body, believed to be that of Taliyah Leigh MARSMAN, has been located. Two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of Taliyah and her mother Sara BAILLIE have been laid against Edward Delten DOWNEY, 46, of Calgary.
The AMBER Alert for Taliyah has been cancelled.”
“Late yesterday afternoon, searchers located a body on a rural property east of Chestermere. The exact location of where the body was found will not be released to protect the integrity of the scene.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, police took a 46-year-old man into custody in a strip mall, located in the 3300 block of 32 Avenue N.E. Investigators believed the man may have been involved in Taliyah’s disappearance. Subsequent information was obtained resulting in a police search of a rural area east of Chestermere for evidence in relation to the case earlier yesterday.
It is believed the man is acquaintances with both victims Sara BAILLIE and Taliyah MARSMAN. An exact motive for both murders is still under investigation.
An autopsy for the body located yesterday has not yet been scheduled. The cause of death has not been determined at this time.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., on Monday, July 11, 2016, police were called to a home in the 1000 block of Panamount Boulevard N.W., after family members of a female resident were unable to reach her. A woman was found deceased in the home.
The victim was identified as Sara BAILLIE, 34, of Calgary. BAILLIE’s death was ruled a homicide. The cause of death will not be released.
An AMBER Alert was issued at approximately 1:40 a.m., on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 for BAILLIE’s daughter Taliyah Leigh MARSMAN.
The Calgary Police Service would once again like to thank members of the public and the media for their support and assistance in the search for Taliyah.”