The two young Quebec girls found dead near Saint-Apollinaire on July 11 were killed by their father after taking his daughters out for ice cream, hours before the Amber Alert was initially issued.
According to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), it was the longest Amber Alert in the history of the province.
SQ Chief Inspector Guy Lapointe provided an update on Wednesday, four days after the body of Martin Carpentier, the 44-year-old father, was found.
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Lapointe says that the investigation revealed that six-year-old Romy and her 11-year-old sister, Norah, were killed with a “heavy object” in what the SQ calls a double murder.
According to Lapointe, the Carpentier girls’ deaths occurred on July 9 after they were injured in a car accident in Saint-Apollinaire, which triggered the Amber Alert.
Police confirm the body found in the Saint-Apollinaire woods was that of Martin Carpentier, who took his own life.
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Lapointe says the conclusion of the tragedy has put an end to the investigation since police have determined nobody else was involved in the crime.
Police haven’t issued any speculation as to Carpetnier’s motives of what triggered the double murder. “The suspect is dead and there are some things we won’t ever be able to know,” said Lapointe in French. He added that the July 8 car crash could have been the father’s “tipping point” and that the 44-year-old hadn’t shown any previous signs of violent behaviour.
The SQ says Carpentier left his phone in the car after the accident and fled the scene with the girls. Police say the trio entered the woods and broke into trailers and cottages for supplies. Shortly after, Lapointe says Carpetier killed both girls in the woods before trying to survive on his own.
The SQ says they will continue to help the coroner’s investigation, which is currently underway.