Calgary Police are continuing to investigate in their search for a missing five-year-old whose mother was found dead.
The Calgary Police Service Major Crimes Section held a press conference Tuesday morning saying they are speaking with witnesses and persons of interest in the case.
Calgary Police issued an Amber Alert for five-year-old Taliyah Leigh Marsman overnight after finding her mother dead at home.
Insp. Don Coleman says police found the mother’s dead body after family members became concerned when she did not show up for work Monday. Her death is believed to be a homicide.
Sources have confirmed to Global News that the mother of Taliyah Leigh Marsman is Sara Baillie.
Police say Marsman and Baillie lived alone at the home, and said there does not appear to be any sign of forced entry.
The last contact with the family was 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Coleman says Marsman’s father is estranged from her mother and he is co-operating in the investigation. He says the couple were known to police due to a limited history of domestic violence.
Calgary Police are also not ruling out the option that Marsman was dropped off with someone who has yet to realize the girl is the subject of an Amber Alert.
Police say they will be at the family home throughout the day for the investigation.
The mother’s vehicle, which police initially said may have been connected to Marsman’s disappearance, has been found and is being examined by forensic officers.
Meantime, an Amber Alert for Marsman remains in effect.
The five-year-old girl is described as a mixed-race child with a slim build, brown curly hair, and brown eyes.
Police say it is believed Marsman was abducted by an unknown person from the Panamount Boulevard neighbourhood in northwest Calgary.
Although no possibilities are being ruled out, police say there is no information that suggests Marsman is outside of Calgary.
With files from Rana Aladdin