Hopes of finding a missing five-year-old girl alive vanished Thursday after searchers combing through a rural property found a body believed to be that of Taliyah Leigh Marsman.
At a sombre news conference, Calgary police revealed by the time they were called earlier this week, the little girl was already dead.
They also announced they had charged a suspect, 46-year old Edward Delten Downey, with the murders of the girl and her mother, 34-year old Sara Baillie.
Baillie’s body was found Monday night in the home she shared with her little girl.
The next day, an Amber Alert was issued.
But on Thursday afternoon, searchers near Chestermere, Alta., found the girl’s body near a roadway and police issued a news release cancelling the alert.