Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'You Are Our Superhero;' Calgary Family Appeals for Return of Missing Boy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'You Are Our Superhero;' Calgary Family Appeals for Return of Missing Boy

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Calgary family appeals for missing son's return

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CALGARY - Five-year-old Nathan O'Brien has been such a fan of superheroes, his mother says she hasn't had to buy him clothes, just costumes.

Nathan's parents urged the youngster to be a superhero again Wednesday as police frantically searched for him and his two grandparents, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances in Calgary earlier this week.

"Nathan, I need you to hear my voice right now and I need you to know that Mommy and Daddy love you more than anything in this world," Jennifer O'Brien said through tears at a news conference organized by police.

"Stay strong, Nathan. We know you are our superhero and I just need you to stay strong and we are going to see you."

The oldest of three boys, Nathan was reported missing Monday after his mother went to pick him up from a sleepover at her parents' house in a neighbourhood near downtown Calgary.

Alvin Liknes and his wife Kathy were planning to move to a new home in Edmonton and then to Mexico. They were selling their things as they downsized.

Nathan and his mother helped with the sale on Sunday. O'Brien says her son, always a friendly chatterbox, would remind his grandmother to say "thank you" when she sold something to one of the many people who passed through the home.

Police say the mother left the home at 10 p.m. When she returned 12 hours later, everyone was gone.

Police were called and an Amber Alert issued, but the three have not been heard from since.

"We can't be with you right now, but the best people who can be with you other than us are your grandparents," O'Brien said at Wednesday's news conference. "I know Grandma is holding you so tight right now, and they are doing everything in their power to keep you safe."

Investigators say they don't believe the three left the home voluntarily. But homicide unit Staff-Sgt. Doug Andrus said officers have no suspects and don't know why anyone would have taken the trio. …

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