Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has released the following statement in response to the tragic death of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette in Blairmore.

“The loss of a child is the most difficult sorrow a family can bear. For Hailey’s family, now deprived of her sunshine, these are the darkest of days. Please know that all Albertans share a part of that darkness with you. Over the past two days, we joined you in your anxiety and worry, and now we share in your loss, and offer our deepest condolences.

“During the Amber Alert, the images of Hailey’s bright smile reached across the province and into the hearts of every Albertan. We all prayed that she be found, and found safely. Our hearts were broken last night when RCMP shared the tragic news.

“Our deepest appreciation and thanks go to the women and men of the RCMP for their professional and thorough actions, to everyone who helped spread the Amber Alert through social media, and who joined in the search for Hailey. Your every effort is deeply appreciated and valued.”