The two girls found dead in Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier sought

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

The Sûreté du Québec would have found the body lifeless of two girls in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire.

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11 July 2020 12h48

Updated at 18h23

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The two girls found dead in Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier sought

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Judith Desmeules

The Sun

SAINT-APOLLINAIRE — The body inanimate Norah and Romy were found in the woods, somewhere between the rows of Wood-Joly and Wood Garlic in Saint-Apollinaire, on the South Shore of Quebec city. The father, Martin Carpentier, has still not been located. This is the worst scenario.

In the beginning of the day Saturday, the Sûreté du Québec had good hope of finding the girls alive. Norah had 11 candles, Romy was only 6 years old. They were missing since Wednesday evening, after a nebula swerving on highway 20 in the company of their father, Martin Carpentier.

The deaths have been officially confirmed by the Sûreté du Québec to 17h Saturday.

The AMBER alert had been launched on Thursday, since then, all eyes were on the goings and comings of the trio.

After three days of searching

During the searches Friday, the agents had found several objects to suggest the passage of the family in the area. They followed in their footsteps by knowing that the father and the two children were in motion. Cries had been heard in the night near the rue Veilleux.

Friday, the different research teams (on foot, in all-terrain vehicle, with the dogs or in the air with the helicopter) had raked more than 150 km. It was a real race against the clock to find the girls safe and sound. More time passes, the more people that are missing may enlarge the gap between them and those who are trying to find.

On Saturday, volunteers from throughout the area came to lend hand-strong to the agents of the SQ. People close to the family, such as strangers touched by the tragedy.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

The on-site teams had raked the day before more than 150km in the forest, and road access to cottages, especially with the volunteer group Search and rescue Québec-métro (RSQM).

Sun, Yan Doublet

“They asked us to walk along the ranks, the trails, the BIKE paths,” says André Relief.

The volunteers accompanied them as the fire department to do a tour of cabins in the area, to ensure that nobody is hiding.

Then around noon, the officers asked everyone to step away from the wood.

“They had found something. We heard them speak… It was not far away, you hoped so much that they are hidden in a cottage. Finally, I’m glad I didn’t fall in on them, it is a memory hard to keep.”

André’s Relief was having difficulty to contain his tears. He had come from Lévis to help because he was struggling to imagine the hell that these little girls had to live. Several other volunteers have also struggled to collect the new.

“We’d hope to find in life, I think that the whole world clung to it,” says Nathalie Massicotte. She worked on the row of Wood-Joly when agents of the SQ began to block many streets. She knew they had found something, she prayed, however, for good news.

“It’s going to stay in our minds. We wanted to believe that the father would protect his children”, she adds.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Many curious people quickly gathered near the tracks blocked, knowing that something was going on. We saw several police cars ride in every sense.

Sun, Yan Doublet

Many curious people quickly gathered near the tracks blocked, knowing that something was going on. We saw several police cars ride in every sense.

And then the news came, the two bodies of young girls had been found, it became obvious that it was Norah and Romy, but if the SQ did not confirm the death. Difficult to remain insensitive, all are affected by the outcome of this story.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

“The important thing now, in the mobilization of the population, it is to be vigilant because we are actively looking at Martin Carpentier, who could be in the area of Saint-Agapit, Saint-Apollinaire. Any person which is aware this individual is asked to contact 911 immediately,” said the sergente Ann Mathieu.

Amber Alert

Man hunt

The AMBER alert has been discontinued and the man-hunt to find Martin Carpentier, still not been located, was launched. The teams of police officers are actively in pursuit. The road to the Ormière, the rang Saint-Lazare, the route of the Streams, the rank Bois Joly… All blocked to let the agents work.

Several reports have been made to the police, the citizens say they have seen it in the woods to the race. Around 17h, the Sûreté du Québec was thought to have surrounded the suspect in a perimeter.

“We consider that all the reports which we are made are based until the contrary is proved. We take all calls very seriously,” notes the spokesman of the Sûreté du Québec, Ann Mathieu.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Special Collaboration, Steve Jolicoeur

It indicates the citizens of Saint-Apollinaire and the surrounding area to keep the eye open, however, they should not intervene with Martin Carpentier if he is sighted. We do not know the state of mind of the suspect, 44-year-old.

There are a lot of police work and a lot of action in this municipality is usually very quiet. Teams of horse riding, the squads canines, two helicopters, ATVS and many patrollers have been deployed in the area. It is an intervention that achieved a rare scale.

“We’re really in a deployment police important. We note the support of our partners, the police in Lévis (québec), the Québec police, that of Thetford Mines and the Armed Forces. We are working all for the same purpose,” says the sergente Ann Mathieu.

Door-to-door

Officers have also carried out an operation of door-to-door among the residents of the row Bois Joly, Saint Lazare and the Ormière with a photo of Martin Carpentier, mainly on Saturday night. They want well-informed citizens who are less comfortable with the Internet or who did not watch the tv.

The officers of the SQ will be well identified.

Recall that the mother of the children and Martin Carpentier are separated for several years.

The current spouse of Martin Carpentier, Cathya Gingras, had launched a cry of the heart on the social networks on Friday, she urged him to give the news. His video has gone unanswered.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

A helicopter looking for the suspect, Martin Carpentier

Sun, Yan Doublet

A “national tragedy”

Shortly after the announcement of the discovery of the bodies, prime minister Francois Legault and the deputy first minister Geneviève Guilbault have offered messages of sympathy to the family of the girls, including their mother.

Les deux fillettes retrouvées mortes à Saint-Apollinaire; Martin Carpentier recherché 

Romy and Norah Carpentier

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