Blairmore, Alberta (September 15, 2015) - RCMP have found what they believe to be the body of two year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette in a rural area near Blairmore, Alberta. The body was located this afternoon during a police search based on information received in their efforts to locate her. Hailey’s family has been notified.
“The RCMP extends its deepest condolences to Hailey’s family. This is a sad day for the citizens of Blairmore and all Canadians who have held this little girl in their thoughts and prayers since Monday,” said RCMP Superintendent Tony Hamori, Assistant District Officer in Southern Alberta. “We can’t say much about the investigation at this point, other than to thank the public and the media for helping us find Hailey.”
The male suspect who was arrested in Blairmore earlier today remains in police custody for questioning in relation to the investigation into the homicide of Hailey’s father, Terry Blanchette, and her disappearance. Charges are pending. Police will provide the identity of the suspect after charges are laid in these matters.
Police are no longer asking for the public’s assistance in locating the white van that was seen near the Blanchette home in the early hours of Monday morning. The Amber Alert issued in relation to Hailey’s disappearance is no longer in effect.
Anyone with information that might assist police in these investigations is asked to call Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2866. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers with information at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
NOTE: The RCMP will hold a Media Availability on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in Blairmore, Alberta to provide an update on the ongoing investigations. Details to follow in future release.
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Cpl. Sharon Franks