Police “crack” 9-year-old cold case?
Police crack Matane cold case
Published: Thursday, July 10
MONTREAL – Provincial and Rimouski police think that they have cracked a cold case dating back to 1999.
This morning, three people were arrested in connection with the death of St. René de Matane man Michel Dugas, who was reported missing nine years ago. He was 50 years old at the time.
On June 18 1999, Dugas’ car was found in the Matane River. Inside the car were his wallet and dentures. But, after searching the river and the surrounding area, police were unable to find his body, said Sûreté du Québec Constable Claude Ross.
A little over ten days ago however, the bones of a man believed to be the remains of Dugas were found in a yard in St. René de Matane in the Lower St. Lawrence.
Although Dugas’ case was considered a disappearance in 1999, evidence collected after the fact pointed to foul play, Ross added.
A 53-year-old woman and two 33-year-old men were arrested and will be appear in court in Rimouski tomorrow morning to face charges of murder, obstruction of justice and being an accomplice to a murder, Ross said. Two of the suspects are part of Dugas’ immediate family and one is a friend, he added.
At the time of his disappearance, Dugas was married and had a stepson.