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David Fortin is still nowhere to be found 15 years later, but his loved ones know more

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David Fortin has been missing since February 10, 2009.

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Fifteen years after the disappearance of David Fortin, his family has learned of new information in recent months . Information which does nothing to ease the pain of the loved ones of the young Almatois who disappeared without a trace. The family of the victim of bullying still has no idea what happened, but they have learned more about the hours leading up to his disappearance.

On February 10, 2009, David Fortin left the family home to go to school. He had to board the school bus to go to Camille-Lavoie secondary school in Alma. He was not seen in the vehicle or at school.

Since then thousands of information have been passed to authorities, but still no trace of the man who was 14 at the time of his disappearance.

At the family's request, a re-evaluation of the file was carried out by the disappearances and unresolved files division of the Sûreté du Québec in recent months. His family was able to find out more about an event that took place the day before his disappearance.

Those close to David Fortin say they were never informed of the severity of the acts. Both physical and verbal. Something very intense happened with young people at school, specifies the teenager's mother, Caroline Lachance.

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The police would not have wanted to tell her more and she would not have wanted to know more. So, David Fortin's mother does not know what was said and done, just that it was horrible.

Caroline Lachance admits, she would have preferred not to be informed of it since she has felt more suffering since. David Fortin's mother no longer gives formal interviews, but she gave Radio-Canada a letter intended for her son.

15 years have already passed since that terrible day

Even after all this time, this question still comes up

Where are you?

That's not what happened I'd like the answer to

Since we know why you're no longer here

New information has been learned

They are very, very painful to hear

Some and many people are responsible

And I hope they all did some soul searching

But what an atrocious day you might have experienced the day before your departure, we didn't know that, at least not as much. Phew, if I had known…

After all this time where we continue to wait for you and keep this hope very present, life goes on, without you physically

But always firmly anchored in our hearts

No day goes by without us thinking of you

We include you in our projects, our travels, our meals, our daily life

And we still miss you so much

Learning to live differently, to stay strong and positive, not always easy

One thing is certain, even after these 15 years, you are not forgotten

People carry you in their hearts and in their eyes

Your suffering has made society move in the face of the intimidation that our young people especially experience, but not enough since it there are still too many

Today, I would like people to remember you as a young man who was strong and courageous

Who suffered terribly because he wanted to be loved by everyone< /p>

A brilliant, hard-working, endearing young man, smiling despite everything

My own little boy, who I love and adore and who I miss so much, so much

We continue, forever to keep hope of holding you in our arms again

May life be sweet to you where is

I love you my beautiful David d'amour

David Fortin's mother assures that collaboration with the Sûreté du Québec teams has always been good for the last 15 years.

The SQ declined our request for an interview. The communications department indicates, however, that the case is being investigated by the major crimes investigation division. We are assured that 15 years later, the investigation continues.

Although sensitive to David's disappearance Fortin, the communications department of the Lac-Saint-Jean School Service Center has no longer granted interviews on this subject for several years.

Regarding the fight against bullying and violence, it is a priority for our organization. Our schools and centers devote all the required efforts in terms of prevention and intervention. We are committed to cultivating a positive and inclusive school climate for the well-being and development of our students, indicates the assistant general director and general secretary of the CSSLSJ, Christine Flaherty.

The Returning Children Network has been supporting the Fortins since the very beginning. We don't say our customers, they're really our families. We became really close to Caroline, Éric and Marjorie. We still hope to have the answer to what happened on the morning of February 10, 2009, says the director of operations at Réseau Enfants-Retour, Nancy Duncan.

The organization guides around a hundred families who must learn to live without a loved one. In some cases, people have been wanted for over 60 years.

We are here to offer emotional support and Resource. We often play a liaison role between the police and families and our partners, summarizes Ms. Duncan.

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This year again without David Fortin will be highlighted by the organization.

Fifteen years later, we continue to talk about it. We don't want anyone to forget. Many people know the name [David Fortin] very well, but we don't want people to forget. We hope there is someone somewhere who knows the answer. There's just maybe a little bit of information, maybe it's not important to them, but maybe it's something that can help us know what happened that day- there, explains Nancy Duncan.

It doesn't matter if it's been 15, 20, 25 years, in some files it's more than 60 As we work with families, we will continue to mark the anniversaries of disappearances and talk about them

A quote from Nancy Duncan

In 2023, 130 more cases were processed by the organization. Two speakers dedicate themselves to it full time. They support families. Approximately 80% of cases involve runaways lasting from 24 hours to several months. Added to this are parental abductions and unknown disappearances.

We are here to offer emotional support and resources. We often play a liaison role between the police and families and our partners, summarizes Ms. Duncan.

David Fortin was wearing, at the time of his disappearance, a red coat with Polaris inscription, blue jeans, a black hooded sweater, beige sneakers, red gloves and a gray toque. Anyone who has information about him can contact the police at 1-800-659-4264.

The unsolved disappearance of David Fortin is among the organization's biggest cases. Over the years, Réseau Enfants-Retour has received hundreds of information regarding David Fortin. Some of them were transmitted to investigators.

The Réseau Enfants-Retour team wishes , in all cases, offer answers to the families concerned.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116