Calgary police have issued an Alberta-wide Amber Alert for a five-year-old girl believed to have been abducted from the community of Panorama Hills, where her mother was found dead.
The Amber Alert for Taliyah Leigh Marsman was issued shortly after 1:30 a.m. MT on Tuesday.
As of 7 a.m., Marsman’s whereabouts remained unknown. She was last seen by a family member at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Police said it’s believed Marsman was abducted by an unknown person from the 1000 block of Panamount Boulevard N.W.
Officers were originally called to the area at around 8:30 p.m. on Monday after family members complained they were unable to reach the young girl’s mother.
“The victim didn’t show up for work,” Inspector Don Coleman of the Calgary Police Service Major Crimes section said at a Tuesday morning news conference.
When they arrived at the scene, police found Marsman‘s mother, whose name hasn’t been released, dead in the home.
Police believe Marsman and her mother were the sole occupants of the home, and said there didn’t appear to be any sign of forced entry.
Police describe the young girl as having a slim build, curly brown hair and brown eyes.
“At this point, it’s still early in the investigation,” Coleman said. “We’re not ruling out anybody as a suspect, and we’re looking at all avenues.”
“We’ve looked at and spoken to several family members,” Coleman added.
Police said they have been in contact with Marsman’s estranged father, who has been co-operating with the investigation.
Police said Marsman’s mother and father were known to police due to domestic-violence related calls.
“There’s limited domestic history – both reported and unreported,” Coleman said.
Although the Amber Alert was issued for all of Alberta, police said they don’t have any information to suggest that Marsman is outside of Calgary.
But we’re not ruling out possibilities,” Coleman explained.
When asked why an Amber Alert wasn’t issued until five hours after police discovered the death of Marsman’s mother, police said certain criteria has to be met for an Amber Alert to be issued.
“Once we satisfy that criteria through the investigation, then we make the decision to put out an Amber Alert,” Coleman said.
Police had been looking for a vehicle of interest in connection with the case which they described as a white, four-door, 2016 Ford Fusion. It was later located.
Officers continue to investigate the death of Marsman’s mother and are speaking with witnesses and persons of interest. Her cause of death hasn’t been released.
Anyone with information on the girl’s disappearance is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or 403-53-AMBER (403-532-6237).