Calgary police have launched a homicide investigation of a missing woman and child as they have been unable to find any evidence confirming that 25-year-old Jasmine Lovett or 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson are alive.
Police said the last time they were seen was in the area of Cranston on the evening of April 16, 2019, and the last activity on Jasmine’s bank accounts was April 18th.
Police have a suspect in custody and said they do not believe the act to be random and that the suspect and potential victims were known to each-other.
Police are appealing for help from the public “Property owners in the Bragg Creek area are still being asked to check their property and report anything suspicious to police, especially if any new mulch has been dumped between Tuesday last week (April 16) and last Saturday (April 20). Hikers and bikers in the area are also asked to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.”
Police are also looking for anyone who witnessed a Caucasian man in his 30s driving a grey, luxury SUV in the Bragg Creek and/or East Kananaskis area between Tuesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 18, 2019.
The latest press release stated that the suspect has been released but remains the primary suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234.
Update: Calgary police said the investigation lead them to a heavily wooded area near Grizzly Creek, where the bodies were found. The cause of death of both victims is not expected to be released. A suspect has been taken into custody and charges are pending. Police said Robert Andrew Leeming, 34, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. He will next appear in court on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Update January 24th, 2022
In his October 2021 trial, Robert Leeming, 36, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Jasmine Lovett in 2019, but not guilty in the death of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.
According to reports Leeming killed Lovett with a ball-peen hammer and shooting her in the head.
On January 24th Queen’s Justice Keith Yamauchi said Leeming was not a believable witness and convicted him of the second-degree murder of the child.