Murder at Yamachiche: two suspects are being actively sought

Meurtre à Yamachiche: deux suspects activement recherchés

THREE-RIVERS — The investigation surrounding the murder of the young Ophelia Martin-Cyr, which occurred at Yamachiche on Wednesday morning, has taken a new turn Thursday evening, as the Sûreté du Québec has issued a notice of research in order to find two suspects for first degree murder in this case.

In the course of the day, it has been possible to learn that a young woman of 21 years was in the company of Ophelia during her disappearance. It would have indeed managed to pull himself out of a moving vehicle and was injured during his fall. The Sûreté du Québec confirmed that it is not concern for his life, but does not specify the place where it is to ensure his safety.

The Sûreté du Québec now looking for two individuals, René Kègle and Francis Martel, who would be responsible for the death of this young adult of 19 years. They would also have attempted to assassinate the person who accompanied her, a young woman 21 years old.

René Kègle, 38 years old Saint-Maurice, and is therefore actively being sought for first degree murder on the person of Ophelia Martin-Cyr, as well as attempted murder on a young woman of 21 years by discharging a restricted weapon. Kègle measure 1,77 meter, weighs 78 kg, has hair, and brown eyes.

Meurtre à Yamachiche: deux suspects activement recherchés

René Kègle

In addition, Francis Martel, 31 years old from Trois-Rivières, is also wanted for first-degree murder and accessory after the fact. It measures 1.83 meters, weighs 92 kg, has hair, and brown eyes.

The two individuals, according to the SQ, could currently find anywhere in Quebec.

Anyone seeing these individuals is asked to call 911, and should not attempt to intervene with them. The SQ encourages people to act with prudence in communicating directly with its services.

Any person with information that would trace may also contact the Central criminal information of the SQ at the 1-800-659-4264.

Recall that the macabre discovery was made on Wednesday shortly after 10 p.m. in a field on the way the Great River North to Yamachiche. The body of Ophelia Martin-Cyr, 19, was found at this location, a few hours after his disappearance had been reported on the side of the Pointe-du-Lac. At this time, a command post of the police of Trois-Rivières had been erected to conduct the investigation into the disappearance.

When the discovery of the body, to Yamachiche, the folder was quickly transferred to the Sûreté du Québec, who conducted the checks on the ground during the whole day of Wednesday. Various investigative techniques were used, confirms the sergente Eloise Cossette, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec, who adds, moreover, that the different tracks shared on social media by relatives of the victim have also been verified.

Meurtre à Yamachiche: deux suspects activement recherchés

Francis Martel

A link?

The investigation surrounding the killing continued on Thursday by the Sûreté du Québec, at the same time as another investigation on the side of the sector in Sainte-Marthe, where a burned body was finally found in a vehicle burned on the road Bradley, not far from the ponds of the treatment plant of the City of Trois-Rivières.

Taking account of the circumstances surrounding the event, the investigation initiated by the police of Trois-Rivières, has been transferred to the investigation Department on the crimes against the person of the Sûreté du Québec. The assumption that there is a link between this event and the murder occurred in Yamachiche has not been ruled out, confirms the sergente Eloise Cossette of the Sûreté du Québec.

“It is a hypothesis that is considered, but that is not necessarily preferred for the time being,” said Ms. Cossette, who also emphasizes the excellent collaboration between the Sûreté du Québec and the police of Trois-Rivières in this folder.

It has not been possible to determine if the body found in the vehicle was that of a man or a woman, given her state. It will probably be necessary to proceed to its identification by DNA or dental records.

Finally, two search warrants were carried out Wednesday in two residences of the rue Benoit, Saint-Maurice. The Sûreté du Québec did not wish to come forward on the reasons that led to these searches, but according to our sources, one of the two residences is the house of René Kègle. However, it has not been possible to find out if arrests are occurring in these two locations.

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