Three Que­bec slay­ings could be linked; two men charged

Times Colonist - - B.c. / Canada -

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.

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