What investigators revealed about deaths of girls, father in Quebec

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2020

MONTREAL — A look at what provincial police revealed Wednesday about the deaths of Norah and Romy Carpentier and their father:

– At 9:30 p.m. on July 8, Martin Carpentier, 44, is driving with his daughters Norah, 11, and Romy, 6, when they are in a serious car crash in St-Apollinaire, Que.

– Police accident analysts concluded Carpentier tried to regain control of the car and the crash was not deliberate.

– The father and daughters are last seen crossing the highway into a wooded area. Carpentier is barefoot and is carrying one of the girls.

– They walk south into the woods, covering 1.7 kilometres before reaching an empty trailer. DNA evidence puts Carpentier inside the trailer, and police believe the girls were still with him. He steals items, including a shovel and a lighter.

– About 750 metres further south, the bodies of Norah and Romy are found on July 11. Autopsy results show the girls had been injured in the crash but died from being struck with a blunt object by Carpentier.

– The search for Carpentier continues for another nine days before his body is found July 20, about 5.5 kilometres from where the crash occurred. Police had searched the area on July 10 and July 17 without finding him. His body was found near a ladder in a dense forested area.

– The investigation has concluded that all three family members were dead within 12 hours of the crash.

– Investigators received roughly 1,000 tips and visited 700 buildings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 22, 2020.


The Canadian Press


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