Quebec sisters disappeared killed by their father before the outbreak of Amber Alert: police

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MONTREAL – Martin Carpentier and his two daughters, Romy and Norah, had already died by the time an Amber Quebec alert was raised for the missing family, Quebec provincial police confirmed, saying the girls’ deaths were a double homicide. Sûreté du Québec spokesman Guy Lapointe outlined the sequence of events at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, saying the criminal investigation into the puzzling incident that took place in Saint- Apollinaire, near Quebec, is now complete. The coroner’s inquest is continuing.

The tragedy began with a car accident on the evening of July 8. Based on the investigation, police claim that the car accident was not a deliberate action and that Martin Carpentier in fact attempted to take control of the vehicle without success.

Before the accident, there was no indication of what was going to happen later: the father and his daughters had gone out for an ice cream. Police found a cone inside the car.

Until the car accident, police said the man’s behavior was considered normal and no one in his family was concerned that he posed a threat to his daughters. Police would not speculate on what happened after the crash.

“As for what was going on in his head? I don’t want to go, ”says Lapointe.

After the accident, witnesses say they saw the family running in the woods. They were never seen alive again.

Putting the pieces together, police now say that soon after, Martin Carpentier broke into a trailer about 1.7 km from the crash site. Investigators say they believe that although he was the only person to enter the trailer, his daughters were with him at the time.

The girls’ bodies were found 750 meters away. Lapointe said they were killed soon after with a blunt object. He wouldn’t give details of how they died.

After a lengthy manhunt with helicopters, drones, police dogs, ATVs and foot researchers, the girls’ bodies were found on July 11. Their death is considered a double homicide.

The story ended on the evening of July 21, when Carpentier’s body was found approximately 5.5 kilometers from the car crash.

Police say that although the case took place over almost two weeks, all of the events actually unfolded within a very short period of time, Lapointe said.

By dawn on July 9, all three were dead.

The Amber Alert was not triggered until the afternoon of July 9. Police say the reason she did not raise the alert sooner was that they had no reason to believe Martin Carpentier would harm his children.

“We were worried” about their disappearance, said Lapointe. “But the concern was not how the father would act towards his daughters. ”

Police say in retrospect they would not have triggered an Amber Alert sooner because the kidnapping element was not there based on the information they had at the time.

“We believe that everything that could have been done has been done, especially given the speed with which the tragedy unfolded, unfortunately,” he said.

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