Dozens of police officers search a wooded area of Quebec in search of a man. He is suspected of having abducted, for an unknown reason at this point, his two little girls, who were later found dead on Saturday. This drama arouses strong emotion in the French Canadian province.
The two children, Norah, 11, and her sister Romy, 6, were last seen Wednesday evening with their father Martin Carpentier. The bodies of the two girls were found Saturday in a wood. An autopsy must determine the exact cause of their death.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the local police, has launched a manhunt to find Martin Carpentier, 44. But it remains untraceable, despite the importance of the means implemented. The mobilized police officers participate in the hunt with all-terrain vehicles, a helicopter, a drone and a dog handler. According to the police, Martin Carpentier was a scout leader and could have knowledge of forest survival. A recent video shows him, moreover, with his older daughter, in uniform, evoking the fact that they miss Wednesday Scouts and that they keep the hope of a camp during the summer.
A video showing Martin Carpentier resurfaces # martincarpentier pic.twitter.com/vl7fsiFUuA- sport BEIN (@ sport72359358) July 12, 2020
The announcement of the deaths of the two children was greeted with dismay in Quebec. Prime Minister François Legault said he was "upset", referring to a "national tragedy".
1/4 Like all Quebecers, I am overwhelmed, without words. Losing two children, the most expensive thing in life, is incomprehensible. It is a national tragedy.- François Legault (@francoislegault) July 11, 2020
"As a parent, this tragedy is incomprehensible," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, saying "having a broken heart" for the family of two children.
I am overwhelmed by this news. As a parent, this tragedy is incomprehensible. My heart is broken for the family and friends of Norah and Romy. I offer you my deepest condolences. All Canadians are thinking of you tonight.- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 12, 2020
The provincial police launched an alert for the disappearance of children last Wednesday and undertook searches in an area located south of Quebec City, after the disappearance of the two girls with their father. The parents of the two children were separated.
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Radio Canada specifies that the research focuses on a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire. The sector is dense, which complicates research.
More than 90 hours have passed since Martin Carpentier was spotted in Saint-Nicolas. It has since not been found. #rcqc pic.twitter.com/unn989kcmC- Hadi Hassin (@hassinhadi) July 12, 2020
Martin Carpentier's vehicle was found accidentally in the evening of Wednesday under circumstances that remain mysterious. It rolled over several times and the police arrived on the scene and found no one on board or in the vicinity.