Search Called off for missing Coaticook woman, Céline Girouard

Winter tragedies are the worst. They feel so unbearable heavy:

“The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) search for Céline Girouard was stopped late Tuesday afternoon. The search teams, which included a helicopter and divers, suspended their efforts in and around the Coaticook River when no trace of the 53-year-old Saint-Herménégilde resident could be found.

Authorities and family members alike fear that Girouard has committed suicide by throwing herself in to the nearby Coaticook river.

According to those close to her, Girouard was depressed about her suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome, a severe muscular disease that causes great pain and has no known cure.
Missing since last Thursday afternoon, Girouard’s disappearance alerted authorities when her abandoned car was found in a Tim Horton’s parking lot in Coaticook early Friday morning.
After family members and local police searched the area around Tim Horton’s for the better part of the weekend, an SQ search team was deployed on Monday afternoon in an effort to canvas a greater area.

The City of Coaticook also got involved, taking measures to lower the water levels downstream of the Coaticook dam. While the police efforts seems to have come up empty, Girouard’s family remains undeterred as they continue to look for any trace of her in and around the Coaticook River. While police have not revealed any suspects in the case, foul play has not been ruled out.”

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