Published On: Fri, Jul 15th, 2016

Amber Alert cancelled: Body believed to be Taliyah Marsman found


Amber Alert cancelled: Body believed to be Taliyah Marsman found

Calgary police say they found a body they believe is Taliyah Leigh Marsman on a rural property east of Chestermere late Thursday, bringing the three-day amber alert for the five-year-old to a devastating end.

Edward Downey, 46 has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Marsman and her mother, 34-year-old Sara Baillie.

Downey, who also uses the last name “Simmons,” was taken into custody at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Police say Downey has an “extensive criminal history” and was a family friend to the child and her mother, but was known to her father.

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An Amber Alert was first issued after Marsman’s mother Sarah Baillie was found deceased in her home, and it was discovered the five-year-old was missing. That Amber Alert has officially been cancelled.

Searchers located the remains off of a roadway eight kilometres east of Chestermere, off McKnight Boulevard, on a rural property.

Police say the exact location of where the body was found will not be released to protect the integrity of the scene.

Insp. Don Coleman of the major crimes unit said he believes Taliyah was dead before the frantic search to find her began.

“We were hoping for another outcome, and worked hard for another outcome,” Coleman said.

“Clearly, by the timeline, there was nothing we could do.”

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, police took a Downey into custody in a strip mall, located in the 3300 block of 32 Avenue N.E.

Investigators say they believe Downey is the same “stocky black male” witnesses saw with a girl that matched Taliyah’s description around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

“Clearly Taliyah was alive at 11:30 on Monday and was out of the residence,” Coleman said.

“What happened after that, we’ll have to try and firm up.”

Police say the pair was observed getting out of a vehicle belonging to the girl’s mother, Sara Baillie, and into a dark grey sedan in the area of Pantego Close N.W. not far from Baillie’s home on Panamount Boulevard N.W. where she was found slain.

CCTV footage obtained shows the sedan around the time when Taliyah was last believed to have been seen.

Coleman said it didn’t appear any attempt had been made to hide or destroy Taliyah’s body. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, and Baillie’s cause of death has not yet been released.

Police were also seen searching a home in Skyview Ranch, in Calgary’s northeast on Thursday evening.

Neighbour Jill Grindle, 38, told Postmedia that police had been there since the early hours of Thursday morning, asking residents if they’d seen the gray sedan in the released CCTV footage.

Grindle also said she’d seen the car and a man matching the description of the suspect, in the immediate area, and police had been to that area of the neighbourhood before.

Meanwhile, Coleman said the place where Taliyah’s body was found would be searched again Friday morning, along with the stretch of road leading into the city.

Downey will remain in police custody until his next court appearance, on July 20.

Amber Alert cancelled: Body believed to be Taliyah Marsman found

News Source Calgary Sun

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