Man charged with murder in case of missing grandparents and boy
Douglas Robert Garland facing three counts of murder.
Calgary police officially identified a man charged in connection with the disappearance of a boy and his grandparents back on June 29th. The news came on Tuesday morning after police confirmed that a person had been taken into custody in connection with the case.
Douglas Robert Garland of Airdrie has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Kathryn and Alvin Liknes, and one count of second-degree murder in the death of their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien.
Garland is to make a court appearance on Wednesday.
Despite the charges of murder, the victims’ bodies still have not been found.
The missing family members were last seen two weeks ago, on June 29. The couple held an estate sale at their home that weekend and their grandson stayed for a sleepover. When his mother went to pick him up the next day, no one was home.
Police have said there was evidence something violent had happened in the grandparents' house, but always believed there was a chance they could be found alive.
Shortly after the three disappeared, Nathan's parents issued a tearful plea through the media asking for their return and urging their ``superhero'' son to be brave.
Garland was first questioned more than a week ago, then held on unrelated identity theft charges. He was released from custody on Friday. His lawyer on those charges, Kim Ross, did not return messages seeking comment Monday.
Investigators have been searching his parents' acreage northeast of Airdrie, including several fields and sloughs on and around the property.
Garland has ties to the Liknes family. His sister is in a relationship with a member of the Liknes family. Police earlier said they were looking into whether there was a business connection to the missing persons file.
Alvin Liknes was involved in several oil and gas companies, including Winter Petroleum Ltd., which media reports say was forced to close a few weeks ago. The CBC has quoted a police source as saying Garland and Alvin Liknes had a dispute over a patent for a mgas device.
Court documents show Garland has a criminal record and mental issues.