Quebec Manhunt for Missing Man Intensifies in Ninth Day

July 17, 2020 Updated: July 17, 2020

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 Saint-Apollinaire area on foot with the help of dog handlers, ATVs, and Wildlife Department officers in the search for Martin Carpentier.

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Martin Carpentier in a file photo. (Courtesy of Alerte Amber Quebec)

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.

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Romy Carpentier (L), and Norah Carpentier (R). (Courtesy of Alerte Amber Quebec)

The 44-year-old suspect’s two daughters, Norah and Romy Carpentier, aged 11 and 6, were found dead Saturday following an Amber Alert.

Nepton said the search has intensified since police reported Thursday Carpentier had allegedly stolen items from a trailer within the search perimeter.

Police believe Carpentier may be desperate and try to enter barns, trailers and cabins looking for materials to help him survive.

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Police officers search a back road in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec, Canada, on July 11, 2020. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

Owners are asked to have a police escort to search their buildings, but Nepton said there’s no indication Carpentier is violent or poses a danger to the public.

Nine days into the search, she said there’s also a chance he is unconscious or dead.

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Surete du Quebec officers block the road accessing a search area near Saint-Apollinaire, Que., on July 11, 2020. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

Investigators have said the girls and their father were believed to have been in a serious car crash on Highway 20 in the Quebec City suburb of Saint-Apollinaire July 8, but there was nobody inside the vehicle when they arrived on scene.

An Amber Alert was issued July 9 but cancelled two days later after the bodies were found.

Autopsies were performed on the two girls, but police said they won’t reveal the cause of death until Carpentier is found.

Their funeral is scheduled for Monday in Levis, south of Quebec City.