Three Quebec slayings could be linked; two men charged
MONTREAL — Two men are facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying of a 19-year-old Quebec woman whose death might be linked to the discovery of two more bodies, provincial police said Friday.
René Kègle, 38, and Francis Martel, 31 — both from Quebec’s Mauricie region — appeared in court in Trois-Rivières late Friday in connection with the killing of junior-college student Ophélie Martin-Cyr.
In addition to the two firstdegree murder charges, Kègle is charged with attempted murder of a 21-year-old woman who escaped from a moving car early Wednesday.
Police said the 21-year-old was a friend of Martin-Cyr, and she was the one who told authorities of Martin-Cyr’s disappearance.
A farmer found Martin-Cyr’s body a few hours later in a field in Yamachiche, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.
The body bore marks of violence and the death was later determined to be a homicide.
Provincial police spokeswoman Éloise Cossette said investigators believe the case is connected to the discovery the same day of a burnt-out SUV 35 kilometres away. The vehicle was later found to contain two charred bodies.
Cossette said it was impossible to determine the age or sex of the badly burned victims.