BLAIRMORE, Alta. — A look at events in the investigation into the case of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, who was taken from her home this week:
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.
Tuesday night — RCMP inform crowd gathered for candlelight vigil in Blairmore, Alta., that investigators have discovered human remains. Amber Alert for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette is cancelled.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.— RCMP charge Derek James Saretzky, 22, with first-degree murder in the homicides of Terry Blanchette and Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette. Saretzky, who is from Blairmore, also faces one count of indignity to a human body in relation to Hailey's death.
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