Amber Alert triggered in Quebec as provincial police search for father, 2 missing children
A large-scale search is underway in Quebec for a 44-year-old suspect and his two young daughters who went missing after a car wreck Wednesday night.
By the time an Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon, provincial police had already established a command post about 40 kilometres west of Quebec City and had deployed helicopters, ATVs and canine teams to scour the surrounding area.
The father and two girls are from Lévis, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from the province's capital. Authorities are asking residents in surrounding regions to search their barns, sheds and trailers for signs of the missing family.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Louis-Philippe Bibeau said it is believed the father, Martin Carpentier, has his two girls in the Saint-Apollinaire area.
Carpentier is considered the suspect, according to the Amber Alert. He weighs 130 pounds, is five feet, 10 inches tall, and is wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans. He may be wearing glasses and is described as having thinning hair.
Sgt. Anik Lamirande, another provincial police spokesperson, said investigators believe the three were in a vehicle that crashed on Highway 20 on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Police say the grey Volkswagen Passat was heading east when it rolled over several times and came to rest in the opposite lane.
The crash occurred in the Lotbinière region, about 70 kilometres west of Quebec City. When police arrived, there was no one in the vehicle and it is not known how many were in it when it crashed.
Police immediately began searching the area. Dogs and a helicopter were brought in to help and volunteers joined the search.
Eventually, the Amber Alert was triggered following the subsequent investigation. Cell phones across the province all lit up at 3:23 p.m. as Quebec's Ministry of Public Security asked the public to help.
ROMY & NORAH CARPENTIER: Missing from Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, Canada since 8 July 2020 - Age 6 & 11