A body has been found in the hunt for a 44-year-old man who was the main suspect in the murder of his two daughters.
The police force in the Canadian province of Quebec, La Sûreté du Québec, said on Tuesday a body was discovered and “everything suggests” it was the body of Martin Carpentier.
The body was found in the Saint-Apollinaire sector about 7pm (local time) on Monday by a citizen who called police.
Police said it seemed as though Carpentier took his own life, but did could not offer any more details.
The discovery was made just hours after a service was held for his slain daughters, Norah and Romy.
It is believed Carpentier kidnapped and killed his daughters, aged six and nine, sparking Quebec’s longest ever Amber Alert.
According to Canadian newspaper Le Journal De Quebec, officers working on the investigation were eager to keep details confidential.
Norah and Romy were last seen on July 8 when they got ice cream with their father. Later that night Carpentier’s car was found empty and damaged following an accident on a highway.
The sisters and Carpentier were in the car at the time of the accident, and an Amber Alert was issued the next day, Le Journal De Quebec reported.
The bodies of Romy and Norah were discovered in a wooded area on July 11, and the search for Carpentier continued.
According to CTV News, police said throughout their search they believed Carpentier had broken into a trailer and was scavenging food and supplies.
Towards the end of the search police began to focus their efforts around shelters.
During Norah and Romy’s funeral, their mother, Amélie Lemieux, described them as “pure and gentle souls”, according to the Montreal Gazette.
“Thank you for choosing me to be your mother, a privilege that was priceless,” Ms Lemieux said.
“Even if I didn’t have enough time by your side, I will continue to cherish, one by one, each memory, photo, video and continue to hear your soft voices call me ‘maman’.”
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