We have been unable to find any evidence confirming that 25-year-old Jasmine Lovett or 22 month old Aliyah Sanderson are alive, said Staff Sergant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service homicide unit on Thursday afternoon. Based on this, we now believe that we are investigating a double homicide.
The mother and daughter were last seen alive on the evening of Tuesday, April 16 in the southeast community of Cranston where they lived. Police responded to the Lovett home on Tuesday, April 23 after members of Jasmines immediate family became concerned when the mother and daughter failed to appear for a preplanned family meal.
Police say Jasmines bank card was used on Thursday, April 18, but have not been able to confirm who made the purchase. Even though we have activity on her bank card, it was an online purchase and at this time we are unable to determine if it was Jasmine using that bank card on April 18."
It was used on an online purchase for some delivery, however, through the investigative process, we are unable to determine who actually received that purchase.
Late Thursday morning, a suspect was apprehended in Cranston and taken into police custody for questioning. Schiavetta confirms the suspect is known to police and is a resident of Calgary but is not Aliyahs biological father. I can confirm that the suspect in custody, as well as our victims, are known to one another. A vehicle was also seized during the arrest.
The homicide unit is focusing its investigation on a residence in Cranston as well as the greater Bragg Creek/Priddis area. Jasmine and Aliyah are said to have no obvious connections to the area but investigators were directed to the area following cell phone tower pings to electronic devices. Schiavetta did not disclose who the devices belonged to.
"Through the investigative process we have determined that the area around Bragg Creek may have been of interest for further investigation so were working with search-and-rescue and many external agencies to search areas that are very wooded and mountainous in that area.
Property owners in the area are asked to search their land for anything out of the ordinary and to report any suspious activity they may have observed in the period between Tuesday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 23.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or anonymous tips may be submitted to Crime Stoppers.
Calgary Police and members of Search and Rescue are going through wooded areas near HWY 22 and HWY 762 near Bragg Creek. The investigation continues into the possible double homicide of 25-year-old Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson. @CTVCalgary #yyc pic.twitter.com/6L0AQwQbxS
Search-and-rescue members scouring a wooded-area near Highway 22 and Highway 762 near Bragg Creek on April 25 in connection with the suspected deaths of Jasmine Lovett and Aliyah Sanderson
Calgary police are searching a home in Cranston in connection with the suspected double murder of Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aliyah Sanderson.
Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aaliyah Sanderson were last seen alive on April 16, 2019 (images: Calgary Police Service)
Police in Calgary have a suspect in custody in connection with the disappearances of a Calgary woman and her young daughter.
The case of Calgary mother and her toddler missing for more than a week is now being treated as a double homicide, with police saying Thursday afternoon that they have a suspect in custody and it's not the 22-month-old's father.
"We have spoken to the biological father and he is cooperative and he is not a suspect at this time," said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police homicide department.
The suspect was detained by police Thursday morning, but Sciavetta said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that no charges had been laid.
The case of Calgary mother and her toddler, who have been missing for more than a week, is now being treated as a double homicide, with a suspect in custody, police say.
The Calgary Police Service issued a request for help from the public on Wednesday to find Jasmine Lovett and her daughter, Aliyah Sanderson, who was 22 months old.
A suspect who is known to the victims has been taken into custody for questioning, police said Thursday afternoon.
Lovett, 25, and her daughter were last seen on the evening of April 16 at their home in the southeast Calgary neighbourhood of Cranston, police said.
Police have cordoned off a section of Cranford Court S.E. within a complex of townhouses called Mosaic Cranston.
Tolga Tunzun, who recently moved in a few doors down, said he saw police combing through a garage at one particular unit that has been the focus of much police attention.
Dave Gibson said he has seen officers search nearby buildings and the grass in communal green spaces.
"When I came in here today, I saw this forensic crime scene set up here and that's a little bit alarming because that's not normal," he said early Thursday afternoon.
"Police were here yesterday doing a lot of investigation but I wouldn't think it would lead to what we see here now."
Police are co-ordinating with multiple other agencies to search the Cranston district as well as the area around Bragg Creek for evidence.
Property owners in and around Bragg Creek are being asked to check their property and report anything suspicious.
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