The maternal grandmother of two-year-old murder victim Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette has released a statement thanking the community for their love and support.
Hailey's body was found in a rural area near her home in Blairmore, Alta., on Tuesday. The body of Terry Blanchette, Hailey's father, was found in their home on Monday morning.
In a post to Facebook Wednesday morning, Terry Lynn Dunbar said her family is "still in shock and reeling from the pain we've all endured."
"As a mother and (formerly) grandmother my pain is unimagineable [sic] at the loss of my only grandchild in such a horrific manner, " she continued.
(Read her entire post here or below.)
Derek James Saretzky, 22, of Blairmore, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and one count of indignity to a human body.
RCMP say Saretzky was known to Hailey's family.
It was a sad end to an ordeal that began with an Amber Alert asking for information leading to Hailey's safe return on Monday.
"The love we feel from you, my friends, family and the entire community is what is keeping us going right now," wrote Dunbar.
Condolences and tributes have been pouring in from around the country for the family and friends of Hailey and Terry.