An Amber Alert has ended for missing Saskatchewan girl Nia Eastman, 7, as RCMP confirm her body was found at a home in Choiceland, SK.
The alert was first issued just after 4 a.m. local time.
Police said in a media release at the time that they believe Nia Eastman was taken by her father, Adam Jay Eastman.
The girl was supposed to have returned home to her mother by 7 a.m. Wednesday night.
“What we know is that she was supposed to be dropped off at 7 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) evening and she wasn’t dropped off at the appropriate time,” RCMP sgt. Earl LeBlanc said at a news conference.
A vehicle believed to be driven by her father was found at around 10 p.m. on a rural property near the community of Snowden, about 240 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon.
Her father, 45-year-old Adam Jay Eastman, was found dead of self-inflicted wounds early Thursday morning.
Police said his body was found “in the vicinity of his car on a property he owned”.
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On Tuesday, the day before Nia was to be returned to her mother a photo was posted of the little girl with an unidentified woman on a page belonging to a Jay Eastman. People who knew Eastman said he went by his middle name “Jay”. The photo had been captioned “my world”.
The next day the page’s cover photo was changed to a picture of a skull and crossbones, with the slogan ‘leave me alone, I’ve had enough’.
There were no further posts after that.
A business owner in Choiceland, Sask. said Eastman was renting a home in the area and dropped in to talk to her almost every day.
The woman, who did not want her name used, said Eastman and his wife had separated about two months ago. She said Eastman was there only child, though he had two children from a previous common-law relationship.
“He was having mental issues. Him and his wife split up. It wasn’t a good situation,” she said.
The woman said Eastman had worked at a Co-op for a while, but was currently unemployed.
With files from David Shum and David Giles