Arrest made in Laval corrections worker’s killing

CBC News
Nov 6, 2009

Suspect, 47, is in police custody until Friday afternoon arraignment

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of Natasha Cournoyer, a 37-year-old federal Correctional Services of Canada employee, Quebec police say.

Montreal police investigators working with Laval officers detained the 47-year-old suspect late Thursday night, said André Poirier, a spokesman for the Montreal force.

Cournoyer’s body was found in early October in east-end Montreal near the edge of the St. Lawrence River. She had vanished on Oct. 1 from her workplace in Laval.

The suspect is known to police, but investigators won’t disclose his relationship to Cournoyer, Poirier said in a news release.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Montreal court on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. to be charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities spent nearly five days searching for Cournoyer after police were alerted about her disappearance. Her on-again, off-again boyfriend Michel Trottier took and passed a polygraph test to clear his name.

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