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RCMP finds remains of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black photo
Candelight vigil held in Lion's Park.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The body of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette was found on Tuesday in a rural area near Blairmore.

About a hundred citizens were gathered in Lion’s Park for a candlelight vigil, praying for Hailey’s safe return, when an RCMP victim services official approached the crowd and made the devastating announcement.

“They have found some human remains,” the woman said, speaking on behalf of the family.

“That’s why the Amber Alert has been cancelled.”

Many in the crowd were overcome with emotion and wept openly at the news, while Hailey’s mother Cheyenne Dunbar was shielded by family and friends.

“I don’t understand, I just don’t understand,” said Roxanne Michalski, who helped organize the vigil. “Someone’s little life is gone and it was all about just getting Hailey home safe. It’s all any of us wanted.”

At a 10 p.m. news conference later that evening, police said they had found Hailey’s body during a police search Tuesday afternoon.

“This is a sad day for the investigators, the citizens of Blairmore and all the Canadians who were hoping that Hailey would be returned unharmed,” said Tony Hamori, RCMP assistant district commander for southern Alberta.

The 22-year old male suspect arrested in Blairmore remains in police custody. Charges are pending but police will not provide the identity of the suspect until after charges are laid.

“This is going to devastate our community and it’s going to take us a long time to heal from this,” said Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter.

“I really don’t know what else to say. It’s just heartbreaking, devastating news to hear this right now.”

Police have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference Wednesday in the Crowsnest Pass.
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