A Saskatchewan girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead.
RCMP believed Nia Eastman, 7, was abducted by her father, Adam Jay Eastman, 45. Police told reporters Thursday morning that he had been found dead from self-inflicted injuries. Investigators also said there was no indication anyone else was involved in Nia’s disappearance.
Early Thursday afternoon, Mounties confirmed that the body of Nia Eastman was found in a home in Choiceland, Saskatchewan, approximately 240 km northeast of Saskatoon. RCMP Inspector Jennifer Ebert was fighting back tears as she announced the tragic news. “Unfortunately the reason I’m here today is not good news. I would like to begin by expressing our condolences to Nia’s family and the communities of Choiceland, Snowden, Smeaton and Nipawin. This was not the outcome any of us were hoping for.”
Mounties said Nia was supposed to be returned to her mom by 7 p.m. Wednesday. Inspector Ebert went on to say that police don’t know what the relationship was like between her parents. “At this time, I can’t really speak to their relationship, Nia’s mother is grieving her death at this time and that’s information she’ll need to provide us at a later date.”
A vehicle believed to be driven by Eastman was found on a rural property near Snowden around 10 p.m. and neither Nia nor her father were found in the vehicle.
Mounties used dogs and drones in their search for Nia. With files from Global News (cj, kb, bd)