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Airdrie comes together to search


  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am

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We are deeply saddened that the Calgary Police Service have ruled the disappearance of Nathan O’Brien, 5, and Kathryn, 53, and Alvin Liknes, 66, a homicide. See story on page 1.

Although the devastating news that the search has changed from a rescue mission set on finding the family members alive to a search for bodies must be horrible for the family, it also comes with a certain level of closure.

The arrest of Douglas Garland, 54, of Airdrie may allow the family to rest a bit easier knowing the person who did this is behind bars.

The news of the arrest and search of a rural property in Airdrie has hit local residents hard. How could someone living among us do something like this? Why hurt an innocent five-year-old boy? Where are the remains of these people?

Closure for the family will not be complete until the bodies are found and the family can put their loved ones to rest.

That’s why we are heartened to see Airdrie residents come together to try and help with the search.

When something so senseless happens in our community, many people respond by taking action.

As we have written time and time again, when there is a need, Airdrie steps up and the Facebook page “Please help us bring closure to the O’Brien & Liknes Family Search Airdrie” created on July 14 is just another example of that.

Starting on July 15, residents came together for the time-consuming and gruesome task of searching rural areas to bring that much-needed closure to the Liknes/O’Brien family.

We are proud of our community and pray for the family involved in this unspeakable tragedy.


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