Resumption of hearings in the Carpentier case

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Resumption of hearings in the case Carpentier

The public inquiry concerning the death of Norah and Romy Carpentier, as well as their father, Martin Carpentier, will resume Monday at the Quebec City courthouse.

After a break of several days, the hearings of the investigation Public hearing on the death of the Carpentiers resumes today at the Quebec City courthouse.

Ultimately, around fifty witnesses will be heard during the public inquiry into the deaths of Romy and Norah Carpentier, killed by their father Martin Carpentier in July 2020.

The chief coroner deputy, Luc Malouin, will have to shed light on the causes and circumstances of their death during the hearings which begin Monday at the Quebec courthouse.

Coroner Luc Malouin in front of the media, on the first day of the Carpentier public inquiry in Quebec courthouse.

The mother of the girls Amélie Lemieux testified from the first days of the public inquiry. She returned to her relationship with Martin Carpentier. She recounted the moments leading up to the tragedy and the moment when she learned of the disappearance of her daughters. Even today, she still cannot explain what prompted their father, Martin, to kill them before taking his own life.

Amélie Lemieux, mother of Norah and Romy Carpentier, upon her arrival in the courtroom of the Quebec City courthouse.

She portrayed Martin Carpentier as an excellent dad. Although she conceded that she had some communication problems with him, she never believed that he would kill Norah and Romy.

The absence of a clear profile on Martin Carpentier complicates research from the start of the Sûreté du Québec investigation. On the evening of July 8, investigators anticipate a disappearance rather than an abduction, which led them on the wrong track.

The investigation reveals that the first SQ investigator sent to the scene of Martin Carpentier's accident had been on the job for only a few months and that he had not yet received his formation in disappearance.

The Amber alert was sent 15 hours after the disappearance of the trio when it was claimed by the ex-spouse of Amélie Lemieux as soon as she arrival at the scene of the accident.

The Amber Alert sent to try to locate Romy and Norah Carpentier did not have the expected effects, also found Coroner Luc Malouin.

The searches were also redirected, which wasted precious hours at the Sûreté du Québec.

In his 10-year career as a dog handler, Stéphane Ranger admitted to the audience that he had never seen such a contaminated scene, since about 16 people had trampled the surroundings to try to find the missing people.


During the testimony of the head of the command post for the search for Norah, Romy and Martin Carpentier, Dany Boulianne revealed that a handful of police officers were available to participate in the search. The summer period would have unfortunately contributed to the lack of staff that day.

The police must circulate in a densely wooded area with the aim of finding Martin Carpentier.

The director of emergency measures of the Sûreté du Québec must be heard, as well as specialists in forensic biology. Hearings will continue until March 17.

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