Quebec agency investigating after police didn’t respond to report of person in river

MONTREAL — Quebec’s agency probing police-involved deaths in the province says it’s investigating after officers in Trois-Rivieres, Que. allegedly did not respond to a report of a person in a local river.

The Bureau des enquetes independantes says a woman walking in a park in the city northeast of Montreal on March 25 thought she saw a person in the Saint Laurence River.

It says she watched the person until she lost sight of them and called city police some time later to report what she’d witnessed.

The BEI says she spoke to several people at the Trois-Rivieres Police Department, but was told there was no reason to dispatch emergency responders.

Several days later, a vehicle belonging to a woman who had been reported missing on March 25 was found near the park.

According to the BEI, Quebec provincial police, who received the report of the missing woman were told she had made suicidal comments. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 2, 2021.

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