The first responders were called at around 10:04 a.m. on July 23 due to a fire at the intersection of Roy and Cabana streets. Three employees of the AMF plant saw smoke coming from a wooded area in front of the plant and alerted the firefighters.
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The police arrive a few minutes later to provide support to the firefighters.
The latter met the witnesses, and mentioned that a residue from a fire, which resembles a mannequin, is set on fire at the edge of the woods.
After discussion between the two services, it was agreed that the
mannequin will be placed in the container of the SPS , which is not accessible to the public, which is done by firefighters.
At around 2:15 p.m., an investigation into a disappearance was initiated by the SPS
for the disappearance of his wife, says Danny McConnell. According to Radio-Canada information, this woman was living in distress.
Thanks to the missing person’s cell phone signal, the SPSfinds his vehicle very close to the place where the “mannequin” was set on fire.
A policeman, having intervened earlier, raises the coincidence. The police are trying to make links between the two events. All options are being considered.
At around 6:30 p.m., the police decided to retrieve the mannequin to see if they could find anything in it to help advance the investigation.
After checks, the police find that it is the body of the missing.
The coroner, the DPCPand the Independent Investigation Bureau were all arrested following this discovery.
The coroner confirms that an investigation is underway in relation to the incident, in collaboration with the SPS. As a result of this inquest, the coroner and the SPS recall that they cannot give more information at this time on the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
We are obviously sorry for this situation, however specifies the director of the SPS. Rest assured that the family is aware of all the key elements of this investigation. We are wholeheartedly with her family, spouse and children.
An event that deeply shaken
The director of the Sherbrooke Fire Protection Service (SPCIS), Stéphane Simoneau, admits that this affair has greatly shaken the firefighters, and that the situation is taken very seriously.
I am quite stunned by the news. And I can tell you that my whole team […] including those involved in this intervention are in shock. We are awaiting details on the storyline of events, he emphasizes.
I have a concern for the whole of my service, the interveners, at the psychological level, he adds. We have to manage this situation in order to stabilize our teams psychologically, and that is what we have been doing since the start of the event.
The director of SPCISdeclines to comment further, due to the investigation, but confirms that he wants to understand what happened.
We take the situation very seriously. I am personally committed to shedding light on this intervention, which is unusual, perhaps shocking, to say the least.
For its part, the City of Sherbrooke says it is currently analyzing the measures that must be taken towards the stakeholders involved. No statement will be made before the end of this investigation, underlines Marie-France Delage, Deputy Director General of the City of Sherbrooke.
Accompaniment and support will be provided to the intervention team, which acted during the event, she said, however.
As for the employees of the AMF factory, psychological help was provided to them.
When questioned last Friday evening by Radio-Canada Estrie about a major police deployment at the corner of Roy and Cabana streets, the SPSdid not have a spokesperson in place to discuss the situation. The lieutenant on duty simply said it was a disappearance case and declined to comment further.