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    Sûreté duQuébec beefs up cold-case squad to crack unsolved deaths

    Sûreté du Québec beefs up cold-case squad to try to crack unsolved suspicious deaths

    Provincial police force sextuples unit to tackle backlog of suspected homicides dating back more than 50 years

    The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 15, 2018
    Quebec provincial police will significantly hike the number of officers assigned to its cold-case squad in the coming months as it aims to tackle a backlog of unsolved suspicious deaths dating back more than 50 years.

    The unit's membership will increase from five to nearly 30 and will have a presence in the Montreal area and Quebec City, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said Monday.

    Lt. Martine Asselin explained that regular investigators often have to respond to breaking crimes or urgent cases, meaning unresolved killings are relegated to the back burner.
    "Now they will work full-time on these cases,'' Asselin said.

    The unit will have plenty of work, as there are currently about 750 unsolved cases in its jurisdiction, dating back to the 1960s.
    Nearly two-thirds are organized crime cases, however, the unit will focus on those suspicious deaths involving women, children and the elderly, Asselin said.

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    Quebec provincial police, which will have among the largest units, say they found benefits in having a bigger group working on a case -- like the high-profile disappearance of Cedrika Provencher, a young Quebec girl who vanished from near her home in 2007.

    In December 2015, her remains were discovered in a wooded area and, to date, there have been no arrests in her disappearance and slaying.

    When the squad was founded in 2004, it wanted to take advantage of relatively new investigative techniques like DNA profiling.

    Asselin said investigators found that witnesses or tipsters are more willing to talk as time passes.

    She also said social media could be a new tool for the revamped unit.

    "Someone who knew something who didn't talk, maybe sometimes sitting behind a computer is more likely to (get them) share the information," she said.

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