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CANADA CEDRIKA PROVENCHER: Missing from Trois-Rivières, Quebec - 31 July 2007 - Age 9 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cédrika Provencher, missing since 2007, found dead
    Before going missing, 9-year-old was reportedly approached by a stranger seeking help finding a dog


    The body of Cédrika Provencher, who has been missing since 2007, has been found in Saint-Maurice, near Trois-Rivières, Que.

    For now, there are no arrests but the investigation is continuing, police said.


    Cédrika Provencher's remains found in Trois Rivieres: SQ

    The SQ has confirmed human remains found Friday afternoon near a highway in Trois-Rivieres belong to Cédrika Provencher, who has been missing since 2007.

    The SQ says it was called to a wooded area in Trois-Rivieres Friday after human remains were discovered there.

    Tests confirmed the remains belong to the girl, who was 9-years-old when she went missing.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cédrika Provencher's family begins to mourn her death

    Cédrika Provencher's family members are saying they can finally start mourning the death of the nine-year-old girl after her remains were found in Saint-Maurice, near Trois-Rivières, Que.

    Prud'homme would not say whether police have any new leads, only that finding the girl's remains is a significant development.

    Cédrika's father Martin Provencher wrote on Facebook Sunday the family could start mourning at last, thanking everyone for their unwavering support since 2007.

    "Without you, we would still be at the same point," wrote Provencher. "You have helped us overcome another step in this horrible tragedy."

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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I missed this thread and linked this case in Breaking News...


    My deepest condolences to her loved ones! I pray the truth is revealed and they know what happened to her. :vigil:
  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cédrika Provencher: Quebec provincial police get 200 tips from public

    Quebec provincial police say they are making progress on their investigation into the death of Cédrika Provencher, the young girl whose remains were found last Friday, eight years after her disappearance.

    Sgt. Guy Lapointe told reporters Thursday police have received more than 200 tips from the public since the girl's remains were found.

    He also confirmed that police are still interested in the driver of a red Acura that was seen near where the girl disappeared in Trois-Rivières, Que., in July 2007.

    Two months after Cédrika disappeared, police announced they were searching for that car and its driver, a French-speaking man of medium build between age of 30 and 40.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cédrika Provencher case: Police call off ground search after 10 days

    After 10 days, Quebec provincial police have ended their ground search of a wooded area near Trois-Rivières for new evidence in the case of Cédrika Provencher.

    The SQ did not reveal any details about what, if anything, was found during the search, but said investigators are satisfied with the work that was done.

    Police investigators say they are still interested in finding the driver of a red Acura that was seen near where Cédrika went missing.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    SQ are back in the woods where Cédrika Provencher's remains were found

    A team of more than 30 investigators from the Sûreté du Québec were searching a wooded area outside Trois-Rivières where some of Cédrika Provencher’s remains were found six months ago.

    SQ spokesman Guy Lapointe said police and forensic investigators were back near the site Tuesday following a fresh lead. But he pointed out that the new investigative work is separate from December’s discovery of Provencher, who disappeared in 2007 after trying to help find a stranger’s dog. She was nine years old at time of her disappearance.

    “What brings us back here today is new information that has come to light,” Lapointe said.

    Police are still looking for clues about someone seen driving a red Acura at the time of Provencher’s disappearance.

    “We’re still going in that direction,” Lapointe said. “But an investigation like this is not just about identifying suspects. Sometimes, it’s about eliminating them.”

    Lapointe would not comment when asked if any DNA evidence was found at the scene.

    “That’s something that is really too close to the investigation,” he said.

    “I can tell you we’re definitely much more advanced than we were at the beginning of the investigation. “We’re not totally in the dark,” Lapointe added. “This investigation has a direction.

    “I’m not saying an arrest will be made next week. This is a longterm project, but we’re satisfied.”

    Asked if police had a prime suspect, Lapointe said: “Knowing it and proving it are two different things.”

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Suspect in Cédrika Provencher disappearance cleared by police

    The Sûreté du Quebec ruled out a suspect in the 2007 disappearance and killing of Cédrika Provencher after administering a polygraph test.

    The man, a resident of Trois-Rivières, was exonerated by authorities after he passed the polygraph. The SQ has not confirmed the man’s possible connection to Provencher or revealed his identity to the media.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family to bid 'final farewell' to Cedrika Provencher

    Nine months after her remains were found in a wooded area near Trois-Rivieres, a private funeral service will be held for Cedrika Provencher, the 9-year-old girl who vanished July 31, 2007.

    “After nine long and painful years of searching for their daughter, the time has come for Karine Fortier and Martin Provencher to lay Cédrika to rest,” the Missing Children’s Network said in a statement titled “A Final Farewell.”

    “In the coming days, the family will be holding a private funeral service to celebrate Cedrika’s young life and wishes to live this solemn occasion in the utmost intimacy, surrounded by their families and close friends.”

    The family will not be releasing details of the funeral service and will not be granting interviews to the media, the statement added.

    The family also thanked the public for “all the support and outpouring of love that they have received over the years. It has been a source of comfort for the family to know that Quebecers adopted Cédrika as their own.”

    Provencher’s case remains unsolved.


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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Man once questioned in Cédrika Provencher case faces child porn charges

    A Trois-Rivières, Que., man questioned by police at the time of nine-year-old Cédrika Provencher's disappearance in 2007 is now facing six charges related to child pornography.

    Jonathan Bettez, 36, was arrested at his workplace just before noon ET Monday as part of an operation led by provincial police's sexual exploitation of children investigative unit.

    Bettez was released after his court appearance Tuesday on $5,000 bail and conditions that require him to:

      • Surrender his passport.
      • Keep away from children under age 16.
      • Only access computers and the internet for work purposes.

    This one must have been translated from French...

    Child porn: the main suspect in the case Cedrika Provencher

    After being accused of possessing and making available child pornography, this morning, the Trois-Rivieres courthouse, the main suspect in the case Cédrika Provencher has been released for the transfer his passport and a deposit of $ 5,000.

    Jonathan Bettez, 36, was arrested yesterday morning at the offices of Bettez Packaging, the family business. Searches were also conducted in two homes of Trois-Rivières.

    The arrest took place on the anniversary of Cedrika. She would have been 19 years.

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    New evidence shows SQ tracked Provencher suspect for months

    New evidence reveals that the Surete du Quebec was keeping a close eye on the main suspect in the 2007 disappearance of Cedrika Provencher for months before his arrest this past summer.

    On Friday, a Trois-Rivieres tribunal authorized the release of some of the evidence gathered in the case against Jonathan Bettez, who was arrested in August on charges of child pornography.

    The documents show that the SQ kept close tabs on the suspect, placing a GPS tracker on his car shortly before Provencher’s remains were found last December.

    Bettez faces six counts of possession and distribution of child porn. He remains free on bail, though he is not permitted to use a computer, is not allowed to leave the country and cannot be in the presence of children until his trial.

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'll bet one reason was so he couldn't harm another child!
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Still no arrest in decade-old disappearance, slaying of Cédrika Provencher

    It has been a decade since his granddaughter's disappearance and eventual slaying, but the wounds are still fresh for Henri Provencher.

    For a man who spent much of the last decade devoting his time and energy to finding Cédrika, tracking down the person responsible is important.

    "It will change something, because in life you are responsible for your actions," Provencher said. "The person who did this is accountable for their actions."

    There have been no arrests and little about the investigation has emerged publicly.

    Provincial police spokesman Capt. Guy Lapointe said the probe is ongoing, adding that sometimes there's a benefit to not talking.

    "A murder investigation is never closed," Lapointe said. "Never. Never."

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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Suspect in death of Cédrika Provencher target of elaborate, years-long investigation, documents show

    Police used phone taps, undercover agents and an elaborate, fake contest to try to nail the man they suspect is connected to the disappearance of nine-year-old Cédrika Provencher, newly released court documents show.

    The documents were made public this week as part of a pre-trial hearing for Jonathan Bettez, who is now facing separate child pornography charges.

    They outline an extensive, years-long investigation by the Sûreté du Québec aimed at obtaining more evidence against Bettez in connection with Cédrika's disappearance and, ultimately, her death.

    In the days following her disappearance, police began searching for a 2004 red Acura TSX with tinted windows.

    They found 258 such vehicles in the province and, among those, six met the specific description of the car that they were seeking.

    All the owners had a verifiable alibi except for Bettez, an SQ investigator said in the documents.

    According to the investigator, Bettez could not account for his whereabouts between playing nine holes of golf after work and heading to his parents' home later the same evening.

    As part of its investigation, the Sûreté du Québec made Bettez believe that he had won a contest to stay at the Fairmont Hotel in Mont-Tremblant, the documents show.

    An undercover officer came to pick him up in Trois-Rivières in a limousine exactly two years after Cédrika's disappearance, on July 31, 2009, and took him home three days later, on Aug. 2.

    In Mont-Tremblant, the other winners of the contest, who were also undercover agents, played golf games and visited the casino with him.

    One of the agents was tasked with trying to befriend Bettez, which he managed to do.

    While riding in a golf cart, the officer said, they saw a girl between 10 and 12 years of age, wearing a bikini.

    Bettez remarked to the agent, "Did you see the bikini?"

    After a pause, Bettez added: "She is a little young," according to the documents.

    MORE: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/cedrika-provencher-jonathan-bettez-court-documents-1.4744698
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Jonathan Bettez, suspect in death of Cédrika Provencher, acquitted of child porn charges

    Jonathan Bettez, a Trois-Rivières, Que., man suspected by police of being involved in the 2007 disappearance of nine-year-old Cédrika Provencher, has been acquitted on all counts of child pornography charges.

    Bettez was facing 10 charges of possession, accessing and distributing child porn.

    On Friday, Quebec court Judge Jacques Lacoursière ruled that the elaborate, years-long investigation into Bettez was a "fishing expedition" by police and threw out the search warrants, declaring them invalid.

    In his judgment, Lacoursière wrote that police officers had committed a serious violation of Bettez's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — specifically section 8, which guarantees everyone the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.

    Lacoursière ruled that the error was not a technical error or one born of a grey area in which police were unsure of the law but was, in fact, a blatant Charter breach.

    He said Bettez was entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy on his personal computer at work, yet police obtained information about his IP address and internet history without a warrant or just cause.

    Indeed, police asked social media giant Facebook to divulge information about Bettez's IP address right after the remains of Cédrika Provencher were found in December 2015.

    They claimed that with the discovery of the body, it was urgent they get that information because evidence on Bettez's computer or social platforms might be destroyed.

    No such evidence was ever found.



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