Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aunt Desperate to Know What Happened to Missing Calgary Toddler and Her Mother

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Aunt Desperate to Know What Happened to Missing Calgary Toddler and Her Mother

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Aunt desperate for news on Calgary toddler, mother

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CALGARY - An aunt of a missing Calgary toddler says she's desperate to know what happened to the little girl and her mother, who police believe may be victims of homicide.

Aliyah Sanderson, 22-months old, and her mother, Jasmine Lovett, have not been seen since April 16 and were reported missing a week later after they failed to show up for a family dinner.

"I really just want them found -- that's it. I want some closure," said Josie Sanderson, whose brother Robbie Sanderson is Aliyah's father.

Police have said he is not a suspect and has been co-operating with the investigation.

A man who was taken into custody was released Friday without charges, but police say he remains a primary suspect. His name has not been released.

But a man who identified himself as Robert Leeming told CTV News that he was the person who was arrested and questioned by police.

Leeming, 34, said he is the owner of the townhouse where Lovett and her daughter lived and that they were his tenants for the past seven months.

He called the situation stressful and said he is innocent.

"I hope she is all right," he told Global Calgary. "What do you do, right? Bizarre."

Leeming said he last saw Lovett on the Thursday night prior to the Easter weekend and has no idea what happened to them.

He confirmed that he owns a Mercedez-Benz SUV that has been seized by police.

He said he has not been permitted to return to his home as police continue to search it.

Police have also been searching rural areas in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of the city.

Josie Sanderson said Lovett and her brother broke up several months ago, and that Lovett started a relationship with another man. She said she knows little about the new boyfriend and hasn't heard from Lovett in months.

She called Lovett a good mother. …

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