Canada Amber Alert: Police find items possibly linked to missing girls, Canadian Army steps in
2 girls missing in Quebec believed to have been abducted by father, police say
Quebec provincial police are asking for any witnesses to come forward as they continue to search for two missing girls near Saint-Apollinaire, Que., about 40 kilometres southwest of Quebec City. Norah Carpentier, 11, and her six-year-old sister, Romy Carpentier, were last seen with their father on Wednesday night. An Amber Alert was issued at 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Norah is five-foot-two-inches tall and thin, wearing a white hat and white Nike sandals. Romy is described as three-feet tall, wearing a pink shirt and heart-shaped earrings and has on red nail polish. Police are also searching for their father, Martin Carpentier, who is considered a suspect.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) have located miscellaneous items in a forested area in Quebec that could potentially be linked to the two missing girls Romy Carpentier and Norah Carpentier.
According to SQ Sgt. Ann Mathieu, there is still no confirmation the items belong to the young girls. The objects were found around the area of the Rang du Bois-Joly and Rang du Bois de l'Ail.
On Thursday, an Amber Alert was issued at 3 p.m. in an attempt to locate the girls aged 11 and 6 and their father Martin Carpentier, 44, who police say likely abducted them in Lévis, Quebec.
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Police have reasonable suspicion to believe the trio were involved in a car crash on Highway 20 on Wednesday night in eastern Quebec and left the scene on foot.
The Canadian Army has also come in for reinforcement, according to Mathieu.
"A helicopter from the Canadian Army came to support the aerial search (on Friday)," she said.
Since, Martin Carpentier's girlfriend made a public plea on social media to her boyfriend on Friday asking him to give his family a sign of life.
In a video released by the Quebec provincial police, Cathy Gingras says in tears, “Martin, we’re worried. We haven’t heard from you since the accident. We’re wondering if you’re okay, the girls, Romy, Norah.”
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“Give us some news, give us a sign, call your parents, anything. What’s important is that you’re OK, we don’t care about anything else. We just want to know you’re OK,” Gingras continues.
The 44-year-old suspect was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, jeans, and might be wearing glasses. He measures around 5’10 and weighs 130 pounds.
Norah, 11, is described as thin and stands at 5'2. She was last seen wearing a white cap and white Nike sandals.
Romy, 6, weighs 43 pounds and stands at 3 feet. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, heart-shaped earrings and red nail polish.
The police search is centred on a rural area of St-Apollinaire, and ATVs, police dogs and a helicopter have been used.
Police say they searched over 150 kilometres of wooded areas and roads on Friday.
-- With files from The Canadian Press, Global's Alessia Simona Maratta, Kalina Laframboise & Felicia Parrillo.
Manhunt intensifies as Quebec police search cabins for father of girls found dead .
ST-APOLLINAIRE, Que. — Quebec provincial police deployed in large numbers southwest of Quebec City Friday, the ninth day of the manhunt for the father of two young girls found dead last weekend. Sgt. Helene Nepton said authorities are searching the St-Apollinaire area on foot with the help of dog handlers, ATVs and Wildlife Department officers in the search for Martin Carpentier. Cabin and outbuilding owners are being asked to call 911 to facilitate police searches. "The goal of this deployment is to search for new hints and secure properties," the force said in a Twitter message.