As Martin Carpentier’s search continues, police urge the public to stay clear of the search area

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After a night of excavations, sometimes in pouring rain, the police continue to search for Martin Carpentier, the 44-year-old father of two young girls, Norah and Romy, found lifeless on Saturday in Saint-Apollinaire, 39 kilometers south of Quebec City.The Sûreté du Québec indicated that its agents are monitoring a densely wooded area in Saint-Agapit – Saint-Apollinaire and have established a perimeter there. Police are asking people to stay away from the site.

“For the moment, we have not located Martin Carpentier, nor seen Martin Carpentier, but everything suggests that we are at the nerve center of the excavation,” said police spokesman Sgt. Said Ann Mathieu.

Police ask anyone who has seen Carpentier to call 911 immediately, but to stay away from the area where the search is being carried out.

A hundred well-meaning citizens showed up in the area Saturday evening to try to facilitate the searches, police said.

“It really was not useful,” said Mathieu, noting that the noise of a hundred cars made the police more difficult to drive.

She also asked the public not to post messages on social media encouraging people to get involved in research.

Norah Carpentier, 11, on the right, and Romy Carpentier, 6, disappeared on Wednesday. Their lifeless bodies were found on Saturday afternoon. (Submitted by Amber Alerte Québec)

“We are actively investigating on the ground,” said Mathieu.

“The best way to help the police is to respect the operation that takes place in Saint-Apollinaire, to stay on their own property, to do their daily activities, and if there is information, tell us, but not at the site where the police work. ”

SQ drones and helicopters are used to search for Carpentier. On Saturday, the Lévis police, the Quebec police and members of the Canadian Armed Forces worked with the Sûreté du Québec to locate him.

A vigil for the two sisters was organized Saturday evening in Lévis, Quebec, their hometown. (Hadi Hassin / Radio-Canada)

Provincial police confirmed the death of 11-year-old Norah Carpentier and her 6-year-old sister Romy on Saturday, whose disappearance triggered an Amber alert on Thursday.

After a three-day search, their bodies were found a few minutes apart in a wooded area of ​​Saint-Apollinaire earlier today.

Autopsies will soon be performed to confirm the exact cause of death, and police are examining the area where the two girls were found to see if there is evidence that can help explain the circumstances of their death.

“Incomprehensible tragedy”

Messages of condolence were sent Saturday evening in response to the deaths of the two sisters.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet on Saturday that he was “devastated by the news coming out of Quebec.” He called the incident “an incomprehensible tragedy for any parent” while offering his condolences to his family and friends.

The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, also tweeted his condolences, calling the girls’ deaths a national tragedy.

“This is the worst ordeal ever for a parent in their life,” said Pina Arcamone, executive director of the Missing Children’s Network.

“This mom will need a lot of support from family and friends in the community. ”

Arcamone said it was the longest amber alert in Quebec history. In most cases, she says, it only takes a few hours to find a child.

She said her organization will provide support to the mother and direct her to the appropriate resources.

The sisters were last seen around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday with their father in a convenience store.

About an hour later, Carpentier’s vehicle crashed about 15 kilometers west of the store on Highway 20, police said. No one was found inside the car when the police arrived and the damaged vehicle was recovered by the police for analysis.

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