Crown stays identity theft charges against suspect in missing family case

The Crown has stayed identity theft charges against a man accused of murder in the deaths of a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents.

CALGARY — The Crown has stayed identity theft charges against a man accused of murder in the deaths of a five-year-old Calgary boy and his grandparents.

Douglas Garland was initially charged with identity theft in a matter unrelated to the disappearance of Nathan O’Brien and Alvin and Kathy Liknes in June.

Garland had lived for several years in Vancouver using the identity of a dead person and police alleged he was using that identity again when they brought him in for questioning in the missing persons case.

He was later charged with two-counts of first-degree murder and one charge of second-degree murder.

The bodies of Nathan and his grandparents have not been found.

Garland, who is 54, is scheduled to return to court next week on the murder charges.

A stay means charges can be activated any time within a year if new evidence arises.

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