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Amber Alert issued for five-year-old Calgary girl, mother found dead

Last Updated Nov 26, 2018 at 3:10 pm MDT

Taliyah Leigh Marsman, 5. (Courtesy: Calgary Police)

CALGARY  – An Amber Alert is still out for a five-year-old Calgary girl believed to have been abducted from a home in the city’s northwest.

Her mother, Sara Baillie, was found dead 8:30 p.m. Monday night at her house on Panamount Blvd. NW by police, after she didn’t show up for work and friends became concerned.

Police are treating the death as suspicious and are currently interviewing witnesses and persons of interest.

The missing daughter, Taliyah Leigh Marsman, is described as a mixed-race female with a slim build, brown curly hair and blue eyes.

No description of her clothing has been released.

A vehicle police initially said may have been connected to the disappearance has been found, but the girl is still missing.

It was a white 2016 four door Ford Fusion with Alberta licence plate HKE 314.

Marsman’s estranged father is co-operating with police.

Inspector Don Coleman says there’s nothing to suggest at this point Taliyah is outside of Calgary.

“But we’re not ruling out any possibilities, including that she may be in the care of somebody right now, and been dropped off and that person or those people may not know what’s transpired, so until they know what’s actually gone on and can contact police, and have Taliyah safely returned, we are going to do what we can to try and locate her,” he said.

There’s no sign of forced entry into the home, and Coleman says police are not convinced Taliyah was taken by a stranger.

Coleman says the family is known to police due to past domestic violence incidents.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is to call 911, the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637


Correction: a previous version of this story said Taliyah’s eye colour was brown. Calgary police have since corrected the Amber Alert to say her eye colour is blue.