Police in Calgary, Canada, say they have taken a man into custody in connection with the disappearance of 5-year-old Taliyah Leigh Marsman, who was reported missing after her mother was found dead in their home on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.
The man, whose name authorities have not released, was taken into custody at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities tell PEOPLE, adding that investigators believe he may have been involved in Taliyah’s disappearance.
“Subsequent information was obtained and as a result, police will be searching a rural area east of Chestermere for evidence in relation to the case,” a Calgary Police Service spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
An Amber Alert for the girl was issued on Tuesday, one day after police were called to her Calgary home and found her mother, Sara Baillie, dead. Baillie’s death is under investigation, authorities have said.
The spokesperson says the man is believed to have been driving a dark gray sedan, which was spotted close to where Baillie’s car was recovered.
Investigators said they believe the car was involved in Taliyah’s disappearance, according to the spokesperson.
“[Surveillance] footage obtained shows the car around the time when Taliyah was last believed to have been seen,” the spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
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On Wednesday, police announced that witnesses reported seeing a little girl matching Taliyah’s description.
“Witnesses in the community noted that on Monday at about 11:30 a.m., a girl matching Taliyah’s description was seen with a stocky, black male,” Inspector Don Coleman said in a news conference. (It is not clear whether the male in the description is the one who was taken into custody.)
The girl was wearing, “red or pink boots with polka dots and [was carrying] a reddish colored suitcase,” Coleman added.
Photos released of police showed Marsman and Baillie at a Dairy Queen at around 5:30 p.m. just one day before authorities found the mother deceased.
Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman, released a statement to Canadian news outlets earlier this week, saying, “With all my heart, I love her sooo much: she is my light! Please allow her to come home to her family.”
At a Tuesday press conference, Baillie’s aunt, Mary-Lynne Hamilton, said through tears, “Taliyah, honey, if you are watching this, we love you. Stay strong, honey.”
Authorities said Marsman was “estranged” from Baillie and that there was a “limited” history of domestic violence between them, CBC reports. Marsman has been under a peace bond since March, with Baillie listed as the complainant, CBC reports.