Amber Alert ends: Suspect arrested in Blairmore, Alta
An Amber Alert issued Monday afternoon for a toddler apparently abducted from a southern Alberta home was renewed Tuesday afternoon, while RCMP said an individual had been arrested in connection to the case – the Amber Alert ended late that night.
Just after 2 p.m. Monday, Crowsnest RCMP issued the Amber Alert for two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette – it’s believed the little girl was abducted from her home in Blairmore, Alberta at about 3:30 a.m. that day.
Later Monday afternoon, RCMP said there were two investigations stemming from events in that home: the Amber Alert and a suspicious death – officers were first called to the house in Blairmore after a family member found a man’s body inside.
The deceased was identified as Terry Blanchette, 27, he has been identified as the child’s father.
“This type of incident combined with the scene at the residence that we found is concerning to the highest degree,” Supt. Tony Hamori said Monday.
“We’re not operating with a timeframe from 3:30 in the morning so that gives the public an idea of how far someone could potentially travel.”
Meanwhile, the Alberta-wide Amber Alert was expanded Monday to B.C., Saskatchewan, and Montana – RCMP said that decision was made based on information shared with investigators.
In an update on this case, RCMP said a 22-year-old male was arrested Tuesday in Blairmore in connection to the homicide of Terry Blanchette. The suspect is in custody for questioning on the homicide and Hailey’s disappearance.