RCMP Update: Blanchett Homicide and Abduction of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette
Blairmore, AB – The RCMP has arrested a suspect in the homicide of Terry Blanchette, age 27, who was found dead in his Blairmore home yesterday morning. The male suspect, age 22, was arrested in Blairmore earlier today. He is a resident of that community. His name is not being released due to investigational considerations.
He is now in police custody for questioning in relation to the Blanchett homicide and the disappearance of Hailey Dunbar- Blanchette, age 2, who was abducted from her father’s home at 3:30 a.m. yesterday morning. The investigation into the child’s whereabouts is ongoing. Police have located a white van in the Blairmore area and are in the process of determining if it is related to the incident under investigation. It is too soon for police to know if this is the van that was reportedly seen near the Blanchett home early Monday morning.
The Amber Alert issued in relation to Hailey’s disappearance is still in effect. Anyone with information that might assist police is asked to call Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2866. . Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers with information at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Amber Alerts expire 24-hours after they are issued. The RCMP will be renewing this Amber Alert at 2:14 p.m. today and is asking the jurisdictions of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Montana to do the same.
The RCMP were in contact with Hailey’s mother Cheyenne Dunbar about the investigation prior to the Amber Alert being issued.