Father of missing toddler found dead

The father of a little girl who went missing in Blairmore on Sept. 14 was found dead in his home on the same day the girl disappeared.

  • Sep. 15, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

The father of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, who went missing on Sept. 14, was found dead in his Blairmore, Alta. home.

On the day of the girl’s disappearance, the Crowsnest Pass RCMP was called to the Blairmore residence just after 11:15 a.m. after a family member discovered the deceased male in the home.

The man was identified as 27-year-old Terry Blanchette, the biological father of the missing girl.

The death is being treated as a homicide and the Southern Serious Crime Branch investigators have been called in.

The homicide investigation is related to the toddler’s disappearance. An Amber Alert was issued for Hailey on Sept. 14.

Hailey is Caucasian with a small build, straight light brown hair with bangs and brown eyes. Hailey was abducted by an unknown person. The suspect vehicle fled the residence west, at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle is described as a newer model white van with a large rear antenna with a flag attached.

If anyone locates the suspect the Crowsnest Pass RCMP ask the public not to approach the subject, but instead to call the RCMP at 403-562-2866 or local police services with any information.

For details visit www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca.