Police arrest man, 51, in connection with death of 13-year-old Lachute girl

Police arrest man, 51, in connection with death of 13-year-old Lachute girl

Feb 28, 2020

Montreal (Canada) Feb 28: Quebec provincial police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl whose body was found on the side of the road in Brownsburg-Chatham, Que., 50 kilometres west of Montreal, on Wednesday.
The Sûrete du Quebec said they arrested a 51-year-old man in Montreal on Thursday.
He will be interviewed by homicide investigators this afternoon and is expected to appear in court tomorrow.
SQ Sgt. Marc Tessier said a passerby called police after discovering the body on Horrem Road, near Berlin Street, around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
"She was sent to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. She had traces of violence on her," said Tessier.
Police are treating the girl's death as a homicide. They have not released the girl's name, but Radio-Canada sources have identified her as Oceane Boyer.
Oceane was last seen leaving her home in Lachute on Wednesday morning. It's not yet known whether she made it to Lavigne Polyvalente, her high school.
The girl's parents reported her missing Wednesday afternoon when they didn't hear from her after school.
Once her family reported her missing, police quickly made the link to the body they had found earlier that day.
The girl's school is closed today due to the snowstorm, but Tessier said police are working with the school board to provide counselling to staff and students tomorrow.
Lachute Mayor Carl Peloquin offered his condolences to the family of Oceane at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
"My own son was in her class at school last year," said Peloquin.
"You're always thinking of those moments that you never want to have to face as a parent. So this will be extremely hard," he said "It's the worst thing you could ever imagine."
Peloquin said the homicide comes as a shock to the community, which has a population of about 12,500.
"This is a close-knit community; people know each other," he said.
Source: CBC News