Body of missing Montreal woman believed to be located in Outaouais
Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:33PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 23, 2014 8:22PM EST
Police have located a body that is believed to be that of Tricia Boisvert, a Montreal woman who disappeared last week.
Friends of the missing woman say police told her family that her body was located Thursday morning.
Forensic investigators are inspecting a body found in the village of Quyon, about 250 km west of Montreal, but Montreal police will not say who the body belongs to, only that it is connected to Boisvert’s case.
Police say a tip from a witness led to the discovery of the body.
Boisvert had last been seen driving away from her home at 7 p.m. Friday, and police believed her car was in the Outaouais region.
Following the arrest of a person who has not been identified, Montreal police officers said that Boisvert had likely been kidnapped from her Little Burgundy home and then murdered.
“We’re just floored,” John Deschambault, a friend, told 580 CFRA Radio in Ottawa.
“I’m surprised that it came to this. I really thought she would have survived and come back to us.”
Police say Philippe Steele-Morin, 30, is a suspect in the case. He is likely in the Gatineau region and is considered dangerous due to his criminal record. He is also wanted in connection with another crime that took place in the Gatineau region.
Boisvert, originally from Hinton, Alberta, moved from Ottawa to Montreal about four years ago and still had close ties in the nation's capital.
There are reports that Boisvert had been talking on the phone with a friend when she was interrupted by a visitor from Ottawa.
Anyone with information about Boisvert or Steele-Morin is asked to call 9-1-1 or make an anonymous and confidential call to Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.