October 12, 2018 11:51 am
Updated: October 12, 2018 6:12 pm

2 men charged in connection with death of young woman in Yamachiche

WATCH: Mourners stop by a makeshift memorial in Yamachiche, where the body of Ophélie Martin-Cyr, 19, was discovered Wednesday. Two men have been arrested in connection with her death.


Two men in their 30s have been charged in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman, whose body was discovered in a field in Yamachiche, near Trois-Rivières, on Wednesday.

Both René Kègle, 38, and Francis Martel, 31, appeared in court late Friday afternoon in Trois-Rivières.

Kègle is also charged with attempted murder in connection with the discharging of a firearm on a 21-year-old woman who escaped from a moving car.

Kègle was arrested in the overnight hours of Thursday to Friday in Repentigny, while Martel was located on the island of Montreal.

The body of Ophélie Martin-Cyr was found by a passerby on Oct. 10 at around 10:15 a.m. in a field near de la Grande Rivière Nord Road.

The passerby quickly alerted police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they noticed the body had marks of violence. Her death was ruled a homicide.

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Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Louis-Philippe Bibeau said police are also investigating two other incidents in the vicinity that happened in the overnight hours of Tuesday to Wednesday.

Police also learned a 21-year-old woman escaped from a vehicle after she was shot.

The sequence of events is unclear, and police have yet to confirm whether the woman knew Martin-Cyr or crossed paths with her.

Police are also investigating after a burnt-out car with two bodies inside was found in Trois-Rivière’s Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap area.

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Bibeau said it is unclear whether or how the events are connected.

— With files from La Presse Canadienne

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