October 7th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 39
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Dunbar family issues emotional statement
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Terry and Hailey Blanchette
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
As hundreds gathered for a public memorial service, those closest to slain two-year-old Hailey Dunbar Blanchette said they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has followed in the wake of this terrible family tragedy.

“We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has shown us support and compassion throughout this horrific ordeal,” said the Dunbar family in a statement. “To all those who donated, held charity drives, vigil services, offered condolences and moments of reverence for our little Hailey and her dad Terry, we are truly touched by your incredible consideration.”

The public memorial for Hailey and her 27-year old father Terry Blanchette was held at 3 p.m. today at Crowsnest Consolidated High School and was followed by a balloon release.

“A special thank you to the RCMP and all first responders for your courage and commitment as well as special investigators and everyone dedicated to bringing justice to those criminally responsible,” said the Dunbars. “We humbly ask that you allow us our privacy and the proper time to grieve and come to terms with our loss.”
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Last month, police undertook a frantic search for Hailey that spanned three provinces and the state of Montana after Blanchette was found dead in his home. The toddler's remains were discovered the next day in a rural part of Blairmore.

Derek James Saretzky, 22, faces two charges of first-degree murder. He is also facing one count of indignity to a body in relation to Hailey's death.

Saretzky was rushed to hospital Sept. 23 after reportedly trying to hang himself while in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

He is currently undergoing a 30-day psychiatric assessment to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
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