The human bones found on Saturday morning by a hunter in a wood in the Eastern Townships could be those of a 60-something from the region who has been missing for more than a year.
Everything suggests that the body found in a rural setting in Melbourne is that of 67-year-old Richard Lemieux. His family was met by the police yesterday to inform them of the discovery.
“Items belonging to him would allow the victim to be identified”, explained Stéphane Tremblay, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
Before confirming the identity, however, the bones must be analyzed at the Laboratory of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Medicine, he specified. The causes and circumstances of death also remain unclear.
Since April 2021, the man from Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton was actively sought by his relatives. He was last seen walking from his home.
Never without his dog
“He had a little dog and he never left without him. It was very weird,” recalls André Laurin, owner of the building where Richard Lemieux lived.
He described his tenant as a quiet man who went out to walk his pet every day and “led his little life without disturbing” anyone.
Sniffer dog, helicopter, beaten, divers to search the waterways: searches had been carried out after the disappearance of Richard Lemieux by the SQ as well as volunteers and members of his family, but in vain.
“No clues, nothing had been found. I think of his loved ones who asked themselves so many questions and who were eager to have answers. I hope they will be able to grieve, ”drops André Laurin at the end of the line.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128