The family whose father’s body was found in the back of a car pulled over at the border last weekend say they want to reserve their comments given the criminal charges that could be brought against him.
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“We told the police everything we knew,” said Louis Drapeau, one of the sons of the deceased man, when Le Journal came to his residence in Ormstown, in Montérégie.
The remains of Fernand Drapeau, 87, were found in the back of a van driven by his other son, in which the wife of the deceased was also seated, during the night from Saturday to Sunday.
They were intercepted at the Hemmingford border crossing in Montégérie, on their way back from Florida. Mr. Drapeau’s body did not show signs of violence, but showed signs that suggested his death dated back more than a day.
The son and his mother were met on Sunday by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), then released, while the investigation continues in this case, as confirmed by a spokesperson for the police force, Christine Coulombe.
“All the witnesses who were to be met have been met,” said Ms. Coulombe, however.
Autopsy to come
Once the case is closed, it will be forwarded to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, who will decide whether charges will be brought against the two people who were traveling with the body.
An autopsy will be performed and a coroner will investigate the man’s death, the SQ also confirmed.
Fernand Drapeau and his wife lived in a modest house on the edge of an artificial lake in the township of Havelock, in Montérégie, about fifteen minutes by car from the border crossing where the family car was intercepted.
Mr. Drapeau and his wife used to go to Florida in the winter, but had to return shortly, as usual, said a neighbor, who preferred to keep his name silent.
The entrance to their home was still snowy Monday, a sign that no one had set foot there for some time.
A neighbor interviewed by Le Journal said she was surprised to learn of the death of Fernand Drapeau who, despite his advanced age, was still very active around his house.
“It was a real beehive! They cut the hedges, made decorations, scraped the ground, they never stopped, ”she described, adding that she was“ saddened ”by the news of the death of her neighbor.