Teenage girl found dead on a Laurentian road was a victim of homicide: SQ

The Sûreté du Québec has launched an investigation into the violent death of a teenage girl whose body was found Wednesday morning alongside a road in the Laurentian town of Brownsburg-Chatham.

The body of Océane Boyer, 13, was found on a highway near Brownsburg-Chatham, northeast of Montreal, on Feb. 26, 2020.


The body of Océane Boyer, 13, was found by a passerby at 11:15 a.m. She was declared dead in hospital and police said her body bore marks of violence.

The girl’s parents had reported her missing Wednesday evening. Her mother, Caroline Sarrasin, said Océane had left for school as usual on Wednesday morning.

The SQ has designated her death a homicide. No arrests have been made thus far.

Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to call the SQ’s criminal information line at 1-800-659-4264. All calls will be treated confidentially.

In an interview with the TVA television network Thursday, her parents said they have no idea how this could have happened.

“This was a senseless murder,” Francis Boyer said.

Océane did not have conflicts with anyone, as far as her parents knew. Her mother said she had not run away before and although Océane had once mentioned running away, Sarrasin said it was in a moment of anger.

“She was 35 minutes from home, someone had to have driven her there,” she said. “Someone who had a driver’s license, and a car.”

Rue de Berlin in Brownsburg-Chatham when the body of a 13-year-old was found Feb. 27, 2020.

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Montreal Gazette

Premier François Legault Thursday offered condolences to the girl’s family.

A youth centre in Lachute paid tribute to Océane Thursday, saying her “zest for life was contagious and her stories always made us smile.”

“You were a wonderful and magnificent young woman, we are privileged to have been able to live such beautiful moments with you,” the youth centre said.

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