Canada ROMY & NORAH CARPENTIER: Missing from Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, Canada - 8 July 2020 - Age 6 & 11 *Found Deceased*

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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.

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ROMY & NORAH CARPENTIER: Missing from Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, Canada since 8 July 2020 - Age 6 & 11
 
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Amber Alert issued for two missing girls in Levis, south of Quebec City, after car crash with father

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for two girls in Levis, south of Quebec City, who went missing along with their father following a crash on Highway 20.

Romy Carpentier, 6, and Norah Carpentier, 11, are missing, while their father, 44-year-old Martin Carpentier, is also being sought.

Quebec provincial police said the three were last seen Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Saint-Nicholas neighbourhood of Levis, near a convenience store.

At 9:30 p.m. they were in a 2008 Volkswagen Passat with the licence plate P75 PXV. Police say they were involved in a crash on Highway 20 east in nearby Saint-Apollinaire. When emergency services arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied and the three have been missing since.

Their loved ones have reason to be concerned for their health and safety. Authorities say they don't know the reason for the disappearance and have spoken to witnesses and family members.

Police say officers and volunteers have been scouring the area near the site of the crash since Wednesday night. They are asking anyone who lives in the area to check any building, shed or trailer they might have on or near their property. An SQ helicopter was deployed to search the wooded area.

A woman driving in the area, Lyne Provencher, said she witnessed the crash.

She said she saw a car headed toward Quebec City fly off the road, hit a sign and some trees, and then flip over.

"I was driving towards Montreal when I saw a cloud of dust and, boom, the car ended up in front of me suddenly," Provencher said, adding that she had to think fast to avoid a collision.

"I stopped on the side of the road and I ran to see if there were people inside – nobody," she said, adding that three people called authorities at the same time.

"We were screaming and panicking," she said.

When firefighters arrived, they used spotlights to search the area.

"Only Martin's cell phone was in the car," she said. "His stepfather called saying he was waiting for Martin to arrive, and that he's told him he was going for ice cream with his daughters," adding that he thought it had been a long time.

Provencher said authorities then contacted the girls' mother to inform her and ask if she had her daughters with her, since the children didn't appear to have been in the car.

Provencher shot video from the scene and posted it to Facebook. The post has since been removed.

"There's nobody. The tires are blown out, the windows are blown out. There's no one in the car or in the field," she is heard saying in the video. "It's crazy. I don't understand."

"We aren't talking about a kidnapping at the moment," said police spokesperson Anik Lamirande. "Right now, we are looking for these people who are missing .... The car is very damaged and that's why we are looking for them, to see what condition they are in."

She said signs point to the three leaving the scene of the crash on foot.
 

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Another one that is a bit hard to fathom. So we have a car that rolled and/or flipped on its top and three people almost immediately left it safe and unharmed and apparently unseen?
 

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Yeah, it's a bit weird. Very weird.
There's this really significant, roll-over car crash, but they're calling it an abduction.
But also, there's this really significant, roll-over car crash, and in a very short period of time, a probably injured man and two you children get far enough away from the scene to be seen by no one? Even the witnesses to the accident?
But, the car didn't crash itself... Possible the dad had the girls stashed somewhere and crashed the car on his own. But he'd still have to flee the scene.
Just strange.
 

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Yeah, it's a bit weird. Very weird.
There's this really significant, roll-over car crash, but they're calling it an abduction.
But also, there's this really significant, roll-over car crash, and in a very short period of time, a probably injured man and two you children get far enough away from the scene to be seen by no one? Even the witnesses to the accident?
But, the car didn't crash itself... Possible the dad had the girls stashed somewhere and crashed the car on his own. But he'd still have to flee the scene.
Just strange.

It is. It almost sounds staged doesn't it? No one in the car or he dived out just prior? You don't hear of that often but there have been some cases with such attempts... Usually involves over a mountain cliff or a car into a lake... The fact they call it abduction really muddies it...

Dead my Sunset I think it was, the husband or ex put the wife dead in the vehicle (I think or close to it) and let it roll down a street and into highway traffic... A good samaritan actually risked his life in California traffic to try to stop the vehicle, save who was in it, etc. Because of that the injuries to her body did not compute as the vehicle was never struck in traffic and demolished in the way the husband expected it to be. Just one example of a staged crash...

Not saying this is anything like that but the "facts" thus far are very odd...
 

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Partner of man believed to have abducted his daughters pleads for him to reach out

The partner of Martin Carpentier, who police believe may have abducted his two daughters and is now the subject of an Amber Alert, has released a video pleading for the father to reach out to family.

The video was published by Quebec provincial police at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. In it, Cathy Gingras addresses Martin Carpentier through tears, saying, "We just want to know you're OK."


They are now trying to figure out what happened in the hour between when the girls were last seen at the convenience store and the crash, Bibeau said.

"We're still looking for witnesses, people that can help us to understand what happened in that hour," he said in an interview Friday morning.

He also said investigators are exploring multiple theories, including one that the girls were not in the car at the time of the crash.
 

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Quebec amber alert cancelled after two bodies found

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) confirms they have found two lifeless bodies believed to be the missing girls Romy Carpentier and Norah Carpentier.

The Ambert Alert has been lifted as of Saturday afternoon, according to provincial police.

“We are waiting for confirmation on this, but the father Martin Carpentier is still missing,” said SQ agent Sgt. Ann Mathieu.

Police are warning residents of St-Apollinaire to be vigilant.

Amber Alert update: Bodies of two young girls found in search area

The Amber Alert issued Thursday was lifted after the Surete du Quebec (SQ) confirmed that a search and rescue team found the bodies of two young girls on Saturday in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire. Authorities are still searching for their father.
 

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As police continue to hunt for Martin Carpentier, public asked to stay away from search area

After a night of searching, sometimes in heavy rain, police are continuing to look for Martin Carpentier, the 44-year-old father of two young girls, Norah and Romy, found lifeless on Saturday in Saint-Apollinaire, 39 kilometres south of Quebec City.

Sûreté du Québec said its officers are monitoring a densely wooded area in Saint-Agapit—Saint-Apollinaire and have established a 10-kilometre radius perimeter there. Police are asking people to stay away from the site.

"For the moment, we have not located Martin Carpentier, nor have we seen Martin Carpentier, but everything suggests that we are at the nerve centre of the search," police spokesperson Sgt. Ann Mathieu said.

Police are asking anyone who has seen Carpentier to call 911 immediately but to steer clear of the area where the search is being conducted.


After bodies of missing girls found, search for Martin Carpentier continues

Provincial police continued the search overnight Saturday to Sunday for Martin Carpentier, the father of Romy Carpentier, six, and Norah Carpentier, 11, whose lifeless bodies were found Saturday in a wooded area of St-Apollinaire.

Sgt. Ann Mathieu of the Sureté du Québec said that the search is still focussing on the wooded area of the Quebec City suburb where the girls’ bodies were found.
 

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I can't claim to be any expert on Canada and no doubt the US is bigger population wise by far and has some very odd and bad cases but in the last year I have followed several in Canada and they are all strange... Seems like in each case it is a spree or the perp missing, from the boys (or almost boys, cross country and found somehow at some point, ,dead) to the recent dressed like an "officer" guy to now this one... And a couple more I am not coming up with right now... Perhaps it is because we know even fewer details than here, and less facts are shared, I don't know. But there is always something in them that makes no sense at all... Like this car accident, I read back above to four blown out tires, etc... What? And then in same article signs were that all three walked away from the crash... Maybe it is media, guesswork and the few things they hear or are told by an alleged witness and they run with it, I don't know. STRANGE though... This "accident" is strange...
 

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Manhunt continues for father in area where 2 missing girls found dead in Quebec

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said in a tweet on Monday morning that the manhunt for the girls’ father, Martin Carpentier, is underway in the same sector where their bodies were discovered.

“Our staff is deployed in the area where the girls have been found, where elements of interest have been found,” the SQ said in a statement. “We cannot reveal the nature of these elements at this time.”

Police have also brought canine units into the woods as they canvass the area. A thermal detection plane supplied from Transport Canada is also flying over the forested area on Monday afternoon, confirmed the SQ.

Residents are to be vigilant and not approach the suspect if they see him. They are asked to call 911.



Legault added that if parents are struggling, they are encouraged to call the provincial helpline, LigneParents, at 1-800-361-5085.

“If you are in trouble, if you don’t feel under control, if you know someone close to you who isn’t in control, don’t be shy,” Legault said. “Call.”

To date, investigators have not released details about the girls’ deaths. Sgt. Ann Mathieu, a spokeswoman for the SQ, explained that any information about their autopsies will not be released until police find the suspect.
 

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"It's not impossible that he's still alive, but we have to consider that, with the time passing by, maybe he's not," Mathieu said.

"We're still searching. We never saw Martin Carpentier. We never had any contact with him. The information that we possess is related to the citizens that report having seen him."

They are hoping to find him alive, as he is the only one who can clearly explain the progression of events leading up to the death of 11-year-old Norah and six-year-old Romy.
 

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Grieving Quebec mother delivers tearful message as hunt continues for girls’ father

The mother of two young Quebec girls found dead following an Amber Alert last week delivered a tearful tribute to her daughters on Monday as police continued to hunt for their father, who is suspected of abducting them.

Amelie Lemieux, the mother of Norah and Romy Carpentier, sobbed as she made her way to a makeshift memorial at Chutes-de-la-Chaudière park in Lévis, Que., accompanied by members of her family.

After looking the memorial site that has become filled with stuffed animals, flowers and notes since her daughters’ bodies were found Saturday, she thanked authorities and the public for their support.

“My two beautiful princesses of love. I wanted and waited for you so much. From your very first breath, I loved you unconditionally. You are my entire life, my reason to exist,” she said through tears.

“Be my stars in the night who will guide my steps across this immeasurable pain. I love you madly. I love you to infinity.”
 

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Manhunt for father of girls found dead in Quebec enters sixth day

Quebec provincial police canvassed a wooded area through the night into Tuesday in an effort to find the father of two missing sisters whose lifeless bodies were found in a small community southwest of Quebec City.

The Sûreté du Québec are continuing to search in Saint-Apollinaire, Que., for Martin Carpentier, 44, who remains missing as of Tuesday morning. The manhunt is focused on a 50-square-kilometre stretch, according to police.

“In the evening, information received led us to comb an area a few kilometres from the place where the searches were being carried out,” the police said in a statement on Twitter late Monday night, adding that their checks did not lead to the suspect.

“Despite the difficult conditions, our searches will be maintained tonight and tomorrow.”
 

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Quebec police quiet on search as manhunt enters second week

Quebec provincial police have decided to change the way they disseminate information as the search for Martin Carpentier enters its second week.

In a tweet Tuesday night, the Sûreté du Québec announced that, from now on, they would only be providing information to the public when there is a new development.


Police confirmed that autopsies were completed on the girls but because the criminal investigation is ongoing, they are not releasing the cause of death.

On Tuesday, police said they were still hoping to find Carpentier alive as he is the only one who really knows what happened.
 

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