Mother dead, child missing in Calgary; Police issue Amber Alert

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The Canadian Press
Calgary: Police in Calgary say they aren’t ruling anything out in their search for a missing five-year-old whose mother was found dead.

Insp. Don Coleman says that includes the possibility that Taliyah Leigh Marsman was dropped off with someone who has yet to realize the girl is the subject of an Amber Alert.

“Anything’s possible, including that whoever may have committed the offence and taken Taliyah has dropped her off with other people and those other people may not know that Taliyah’s mother has been the victim of a homicide,” Coleman told reporters at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Coleman said family members became concerned when Taliyah’s mother, who has not been identified by police, didn’t show up to work on Monday.

When they went to check on her Monday evening, they found the woman’s body and no sign of the child.

An Amber Alert was issued overnight.

Coleman said Taliyah’s father is estranged from her mother and he is co-operating with the investigation.

He said the couple had a “limited” history of domestic violence “both reported and unreported,” but did not elaborate.

Taliyah is described as a mixed-race child with a slim build, brown curly hair and brown eyes.

The mother’s car police initially said may have been connected to the disappearance was found not far from the home. Coleman said it has been seized by forensic investigators.