How the investigation into Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s disappearance unfolded

BLAIRMORE, Alta. — A look at events in the investigation into the whereabouts of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette:

Monday, Sept. 14, 3:30 a.m. — The time police say they believe Hailey was abducted from her home in Blairmore, Alta. A white van with an large antenna and a flag flying from it is seen speeding west from the area.

11:12 a.m. —  Crowsnest Pass RCMP receive a call reporting a sudden death at a Blairmore home. They find the body of Hailey’s father, 27-year-old Terry Blanchette, but no sign of his daughter. Police canvass the neighbourhood looking for her. Information from neighbours suggest the child was taken at 3:30 a.m.

2:14 p.m. — An Amber Alert is issued for Alberta. The RCMP say they are then contacted by the child’s mother, Cheyenne Dunbar, who does not have the child.

3:15 p.m. — The Amber Alert is extended to British Columbia, Montana, and Saskatchewan.

5:30 p.m. — Police hold a news conference and confirm that Blanchette has been killed and that his death is believe to be a homicide.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — A 22-year-old suspect in both the murder and the abduction is arrested. Police won’t release his name because no charges have been laid.

1 p.m. — Police announce the arrest at a news conference, but say they still have not found Hailey. They say they have found a van that could be connected to the case. The Amber Alert remains in effect.

The Canadian Press

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