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Amber Alert: Police release surveillance footage from the last time Taliyah Marsman was seen

Calgary Herald Calgary Herald 13/07/2016 Clara Ho, Calgary Herald & Yolande Cole
Taliyah Marsman. © Facebook/Calgary Herald Taliyah Marsman.

Calgary police have released new information about the last time Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Leigh Marsman were seen. 

CCTV footage obtained by police from Sunday, July 10 at about 5:30 p.m. shows Baillie and Taliyah at a Dairy Queen on Sandarac Dr N.W. In the video, Baillie appears to be speaking with a family inside the restaurant.

A girl matching Taliyah’s description was also spotted on Monday morning at about 11:30 a.m. with a “stocky, black male” close to where Baillie’s vehicle was found, police said. The girl was carrying a red suitcase and wearing red or pink boots. 

“We believe that is a good possibility that’s Taliyah and an unknown male, so we’re chasing down leads on that,” Insp. Don Coleman with the Calgary Police Service said at a news conference.

Investigators believe the two may have been walking away from the victim’s vehicle at the time.

Coleman said police have been able to narrow the focus of their investigation, but they don’t have a suspect identified yet.

The Amber Alert for Taliyah remains in effect. Police are asking members of the public to call 9-1-1 if they think they have spotted the little girl. Investigators are also hoping to speak with the family that Baillie was seen interacting with at the Dairy Queen, as they may have had the last contact with the victim. 

Baillie was found dead in her home in the 1000 block of Panamount Blvd N.W. on Monday at about 8:30 p.m. Police say the 34-year-old’s death has been ruled a homicide, but they are not releasing the cause of death.

Investigators have no information to indicate that Taliyah might be outside of Calgary, according to Coleman. Police remain hopeful that the girl will be found safe. 

“If the girl seen in Panorama with the boots and the suitcase is in fact Taliyah, the suitcase is a promising indication that whoever she’s with has intentions of caring for her to some degree,” said Coleman.

“We’re hopeful that whoever does have her just maybe didn’t realize the situation or is trying to figure out how to resolve it,” he added. “Whoever that is needs to be aware that anytime that children are harmed, that changes the game and takes things to a whole new level for everybody — police, community, even other people in jail don’t take kindly to that sort of thing.”

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Earlier in the day, the father of Taliyah, Colin Marsman, issued an emotional plea for the safe return of his daughter.

“With all my heart, I love her sooo much; she is my light! Please allow her to come home to her family,” he said in a statement issued through his friend, Gabriel Goree.

“Those who know me best, know the person and kind of father I am and know more than anything I just want my baby girl back.”

City police were called to the home Taliyah shared with her mother, Sara Baillie, on Monday night after her relatives grew concerned that Baillie hadn’t shown up for work at the Chili’s restaurant in the Calgary International Airport.

When they arrived to the basement suite in the community of Panorama Hills, they found the woman dead at the scene. Taliyah was nowhere to be found.

By 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, a province-wide Amber alert was issued notifying the media and general public to be on the lookout for the child, described as a mixed race girl, with a slim build, brown curly hair and blue eyes.

Coleman said the girl’s father, believed to be estranged from the mother, has spoken to officers and continues to cooperate with the investigation. According to police, the parents have had “a limited domestic history” of violence. 

In his statement, Marsman thanked law enforcement agencies for their continued search of his daughter. He also offered his condolences to Baillie’s family.

“I want to make a plea to anyone out there who knows anything about where about where my baby is,” Marsman said in his statement.

“Please… It’s never too late to do the right thing! If you even think you might have seen something that could be a clue, let your local law enforcement know immediately.”

Outside the home where Baillie’s body was found, a growing tribute of cards, flowers and balloons continues to grow as community members stop by the house to show their support.

Taliyah’s godmother, Tanya Kruger, urged members of the public to keep an eye out for the curly-haired girl. 

“If they have Taliyah or if anybody knows anything about her — please, she wants to come home, she needs to come home,” she said next to the front-lawn tribute Wednesday.

“She has a lot of people that love her, and this little precious angel does not deserve this. Please bring her home.”

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