Police believe body found in Riviere des Prairies could be murder suspect
The Laval Police department (SPL) file photo. SOURCE: SPL
MONTREAL -- Montreal police (SPVM) believes a body pulled from the waters near a Hydro-Quebec generating station in the Rivière des Prairies Wednesday morning could be that of a suspect wanted in relation to a recent homicide.
Officers say they are still waiting for the remains to be officially identified.
According to Laval police (SPAL), a 911 call was placed at 8 a.m. by workers at the dam, located on the river between Montreal and Laval.
The body was pulled from the river and an autopsy is expected to be performed.
The force says it has reason to believe that the body may be that of Navdeep Ghotra, who is suspected of killing his wife, 32-year-old Rajinder Prabhneed Kaur.
Her unconscious body was found in the couple's apartment in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood on July 19.
Ghotra fled the scene, leaving behind Kaur and their two children, police said; a manhunt ensued.
Officers began searches in the water last Tuesday after the man’s car was found near the Lachapelle Bridge.
At the time, officers said they “strongly believe” he jumped into the water after Ghotra allegedly called family members in India to show them video of the crime scene. They then contacted local authorities, who called Montreal police.
The 30-year-old had previously been released on bail with conditions in May after allegedly uttering threats against a woman.