Missing Quebec boy found alive near Dacre
The suspect vehicle was cornered on front yard of rural home on north side of Hwy. 132.
Nearly 24 hours after he was reported abducted from his home in St-Eustache, triggering one of the longest Amber Alerts in Canadian history and a search that spanned two provinces, the 6-year-old boy was found safe late Friday afternoon in Ontario.
His father, 41, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police after officers laid down a nail strip to disable the car he was driving, on Highway 132 near Griffith, Ont., about 80 kilometres south of Pembroke. Media reports stated police Tasered Ugo Fredette to apprehend him.
The operation continues, however. The Sûreté du Québec said it is now asking the public’s help to find 71-year-old Yvan Lacasse, who was driving the car Fredette stole in order to flee to Ontario, possibly from Lachute.
Police did not release details about Lacasse earlier for fear of prompting a hostage situation.
The suspect is suspected of killing the boy's mother Thursday afternoon in St-Eustache, north of Montreal, then abducting their son, and fleeing. Neighbours and family members said the two had separated recently and argued frequently.
Police found her body at her home, then discovered her son was missing, triggering the Amber Alert at 7:25 p.m. Thursday.
A white Ford pickup believed to be have been used in the abduction of the boy had been found abandoned near a service station in Lachute, Que.
Police combed a wooded area of Lachute on Friday morning for clues to the whereabouts of the boy.
Police technicians and a mobile lab were investigating the crime scene at his mother'ss house in St-Eustache.
The suspect's Facebook page said he was in a relationship with the woman killed. Her page shows pictures of her with four children, including the missing boy, and with the suspect.
A sign in front of the house advertised a home daycare in the quiet neighbourhood.
Some neighbours who knew her said things didn’t seem to be going too well at the daycare during the summer. They said some parents had removed their children from the home-based daycare because of arguments between the couple.
A neighbour said the couple would have loud arguments and the man would often just leave. The neighbour said that although the couple had been separated, the man would go to the house often to cut the grass and take out the garbage.
Alexandre Marceau says he’s shocked at what happened just next door. “I just hope (the boy) is safe,” he said.
He described him as a boy who was always full of energy and always smiling. He said he would see his mother every morning as he left for work as she was bringing her kids to the bus stop for school.
The suspect worked on a documentary about Cedrika Provencher, who was nine years old when she disappeared from her home in Trois-Rivieres 10 years ago. Her remains were found in a wooded area in December 2015.
Her grandfather, Henri Provencher, who runs the Cedrika Provencher Foundation, posted an appeal on Facebook earlier, urging the suspect to turn over his son to police.
“I appeal to your father’s heart, do not commit the irremediable,” Provencher said. “Thank you for acting as a responsible father. Think of your child.”
Lt. Jason Allard told reporters at a press briefing earlier Friday “we’re using every means we can (locally) to find them. That includes helicopters, that includes tracking dogs and even divers.”
Reports said a cellphone believed to belong to the suspect was found in Montreal.
In Val D’Or, Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said everything was being done by police to find the child.
Kevin Mio and Philip Authier of the Montreal Gazette contributed to this report.
With files from the Canadian Press.