Police hunt for a 44-year-old father after the bodies of his missing daughters aged 6 and 11 have been found
Quebec police conducted a manhunt to find the missing father of two young girls who were found dead in a wooded area after they all disappeared in a horrific car accident.
The search for 44-year-old Martin Carpentier continues until Monday after the bodies of his young daughters Romy, 6, and Norah, 11, were discovered on Saturday in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire.
The girls were last seen with their father on Wednesday, but an hour later Carpentier’s car was destroyed and found abandoned.
Authorities in Quebec, Canada search for missing father Martin Carpentier (44), who disappeared with his two daughters on Wednesday after a car accident
Investigators said Carpentier’s vehicle was driving east on Highway 20 in St-Apollinaire when it hit a central reservation, turned over and landed on the shoulder of the other side of the highway.
Authorities launched an Amber Alert on Thursday, continuing the warning until Romy and Norah were found three days later. It was the longest Amber Alert in Quebec history.
It is unclear what the details of the incident are, but authorities said they do not rule out any hypothesis, including kidnapping.
Authorities discovered six-year-old Romy Carpentier (photo) dead on Saturday in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, after missing for three days
Authorities also found 11-year-old Norah Carpentier’s body (pictured) in the wooded area after police found Wednesday that the family’s car had been vandalized and abandoned
The Canadian press via Powell River Peak reports that autopsies are planned to determine the specific cause of death.
Finding Carpentier is a top priority for authorities, and they think he is still in the Saint-Agapit, Saint-Apollinaire sector, but ‘doesn’t know exactly what mood’ he is in.
“We ask people not to take risks. So if they have any information or if they see it, just call 911 and we’ll take care of the situation, ”said the authorities.
Objects found during the police investigations on Saturday may have belonged to Carpentier and the two girls, authorities said CTV.
“We found some objects yesterday, but we can find many different objects in the forest, so what we need to do now is to make sure those objects can be related to Martin Carpentier and his two daughters,” said Sgt. Ann Mathieu.
Carpentier’s girlfriend Cathy Gingras, who is not the mother of the children, desperately begged for his return in a recorded message shared on Twitter.
“Martin, we’re concerned. We haven’t heard from you since the accident. We want to know if you’re okay, and the girls, Romy, Norah, “Gingras said.
“We want to know if they’re okay … if you’re okay. Give us some news, let us know, call your parents, whatever it is. The important thing is that you are doing well.
“We just want to know if you’re okay.”
The victim’s mother, Amelie Lemieux, has reportedly spent the past few days surrounded by family.
She shared photos of her daughters and pleaded on Facebook to ask for help earlier this week.
Authorities have used many methods in the search, such as dog crews, drones, an equestrian team and a helicopter.
About 100 residents of the Saint-Agapit, Saint-Apollinaire sector went in search of the family with the police on Saturday, but it turned out to do more harm than good.
About 100 people went in search of Carpentier at local authorities on Saturday, but overwhelmed the search and hindered police efforts
The large number of people overwhelmed the stage and made the K-9 squad ineffective.
“That’s why we ask people, we appreciate the work you want to do for us, we appreciate your good will, but it’s not a good idea to help us. It doesn’t help us, ”said Matthieu.
Instead, she asked residents to stay at home and call the authorities if they didn’t notice.
‘Stay at home. Just look at your property. You are the best person to know exactly if there is something wrong with your property. If so, call us, we’re going to verify it, ”she said.
Meanwhile, the international attention of the tragic deaths and manhunts has shocked residents living in the small town of Quebec with just over 6,000 people.
“See the police everywhere, helicopters, you wouldn’t have believed it,” said native Cedric Lambert, 23. “Then it’s stressful to know they found the little girls here.”
Pictured: Saint-Agapit, Saint-Apollinaire residents work together to help find Carpentier and the two girls
The Quebec authorities have used several search methods, including anine squadrons, drones, an equestrian squad, and a helicopter (photo)
His partner, Marie-Myriam Dion, added that she doesn’t feel safe when Carpentier is loose.
“I can’t wait for them to find him,” said Dion, a mother of two. “I lock my doors at home when I’m alone.”
Gerald Rousseau, a 40-year-old resident, lives about two miles from where the police began searching. He said there is an abundance of places to hide.
“There are plenty of small chalets, cabins, sugar huts, trailers there,” Rousseau told CTV.
“It’s a good place to hide … people come down on weekends, but not many people come down because of what is happening, so food is often left behind.”
The news that the authorities discovered the deceased children caused a wave of grief from both residents and public figures.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he was “devastated” by the state of affairs.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was’ devastated ‘by news that the young girls’ bodies were found on Saturday
Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault called Norah and Romy’s death a ‘national tragedy’ on Twitter after the tragic news
Legault: “I have a special thought for Norah and Romy’s mother. Also for all their loved ones. It is all of Quebec that is crying with you today.
“… An incomprehensible tragedy for every parent. My heart breaks for the family and friends of Norah and Romy – I send you my deepest condolences. Know that all Canadians keep you in mind tonight, ” he wrote on Twitter.
Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault called Norah and Romy’s death a “national tragedy.”
“I’m overwhelmed, without words. Losing two children, the most expensive thing in life, is incomprehensible. It is a national tragedy, ‘he wrote on Twitter.
He added, “I have a special thought for Norah and Romy’s mother. Also for all their loved ones. It is all of Quebec that is crying with you today. ‘
He even searched his own territory, but found no sign of Carpentier.
Carpentier was last seen wearing a short-sleeved gray sweater and jeans. He is listed as 5’10 “and weighs 130 pounds.
Anyone who sees Martin Carpentier is asked not to attempt to intervene and communicate with 911.
In addition, any information that can be traced can be confidentially communicated to the Central Criminal Intelligence Service of the Sûreté du Quebec at 1-800-659-4264.