Quebec provincial police are now in the sixth day of searching for 71-year-old Yvon Lacasse, who hasn’t been seen since late Thursday.
The Sûreté du Québec believe that Ugo Fredette, the man arrested in connection with the recent Quebec Amber Alert case and charged in absentia with second-degree murder in the death of his partner, stole Lacasse’s Honda CR-V.
Lacasse hasn’t been seen since.
He could have been dropped off by Fredette along his route from Lachute, which took him through Rouyn-Noranda and Maniwaki before entering Ontario, police say.
The search resumed this morning along the network of roads between Lachute and Rouyn-Noranda.
Fredette is being held in police custody in an Ottawa hospital after he sustained self-inflicted injuries, in a suicide attempt on Friday, according to Ontario Provincial Police.
Fredette’s lawyer, Pierre Gauthier, confirms he sustained head injuries.
Police are hoping to question Fredette about Lacasse’s whereabouts, but he has spent several days unconscious after receiving anaesthetic to undergo tests.
“They had to put him asleep because he was too agitated. And when all the medical tests were completed, they tried to wake him up but without any success,” said Gauthier.
The coma, he said, was not induced on purpose because of the head injuries, which he described as “not very serious.”
On Tuesday, Gauthier said Fredette had begun moving his hands and feet and Crown prosecutors now say Fredette has opened is eyes.
Fredette was scheduled to appear in court in Saint-Jérôme Wednesday to face a second-degree murder charge in the death of his partner, Véronique Barbe.
Gauthier is now asking that the court order an evaluation of Fredette’s health status and fitness to stand trial.
The SQ are also still looking for a “person of interest” who they say was seen with Fredette in…