Body of missing girl from Eastern Townships found in wooded area

Police say so far there is no indication of a criminal offense in the death of 15-year-old Coralie Lessard.

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Officers from the Sûreté du Québec and Memphrémagog Police found Coralie Lessard’s body around 10:45 a.m. in a remote forest area about a mile west of where she was last spotted by hunters on Saturday, the day she went missing. was given up.

On Thursday morning, officers resumed searches in isolated places that were at the end of the original search area, RPM media relations officer Mickaël Laroche said in a statement. “The goal was to cover as much of the area as possible where Coralie Lessard could be.”

A coroner determines the cause of death. There is no indication of a criminal act so far, Laroche said.

Lessard was last seen by hunters walking on a bike path on Saturday afternoon, about an hour after she left her home in the Omerville sector of Magog, a route the mother said she walks often.

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In interviews with local media, Lessard’s mother said the girl was in a good mood when she left the house and that it didn’t seem like she had run away. However, in a statement the day before Lessard’s body was found, local police said the investigation revealed she was in psychological distress and had reason to believe she could be a danger to herself.

Police had asked local homeowners in Magog’s Omerville and Venice sectors to check their properties for places where the teen could have taken refuge. Searches were carried out by about 200 people across 10 square kilometers, the RPM said. The searches involved ATVs, a helicopter, a dog handler, a boat and drones.

“Out of respect for the family, no further details will be released about the circumstances surrounding the death,” Laroche said.

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