Police search wooded area for weapon in Meriem Boundaoui homicide
More than a dozen Montreal police officers canvassed a wooded area Tuesday morning in Pointe-aux-Trembles in the search of a weapon believed to be linked to the killing of 15-year-old Meriem Boundaoui.
The Montreal teenager was killed in Saint-Leonard in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 7, 2021, and on Monday police announced they had arrested the first suspect in the teen's killing.
A source confirmed to CTV News the search of a park near Gouin Boulevard East was linked to the Boundaoui homicide. Officers combed through a park under the Charles de Gaulle Bridge based on recent developments in the ongoing investigation. The search started at around 9 a.m. and lasted about three hours.
On Monday, Salim Touaibi, 26, was charged with first-degree murder related to the shooting death of Boundaoui and is also facing four charges of attempted murder related to other victims, police said.
A Montreal police spokesperson would not confirm Tuesday afternoon whether or police were successful in the search efforts.
At a press conference Monday to announce a suspect had been arrested in the 16-month investigation, SPVM Cmdr. Salvatore Serrao said other suspects are still being sought by police.
With files from CTV News Montreal's Max Harrold