Ophelie Martin-Cyr murder: Police arrest two men

Ophelie Martin-Cyr murder: Police arrest two men
2 arrested after 19-year-old womans body found in field near Trois-Rivières
René Kègle, 38, and Francis Martel, 31, were arrested Friday Oct. 12, 2018 in connection with the murder of Ophelie Martin-Cyr, 19.

The Sureté du Quebec has arrested two men in connection with the death of a teenager whose body was found in a field in Yamachiche, west of Trois-Rivieres.

The body of 19-year-old Ophelie Martin-Cyr was discovered by a passerby Wednesday morning, not long after she had been reported missing.

On Thursday police issued warrants for René Kegle, 38, and Francis Martel, 31, for first-degree murder.

Kegle was tracked down and arrested in Repentigny early Friday morning, while Martel was arrested in Montreal.

According to police, Kegle, Martel, Martin-Cyr and a 21-year-rold woman were in a car on Tuesday when Kegle tried to kill one woman, firing at her multiple times with a restricted firearm.

The 21-year-old woman was able to escape by jumping out of the moving vehicle after she was shot, and although she was seriously injured she is expected to survive.

Police also say they are not ruling out a connection with another body found in a burned-out car discovered Wednesday in Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap in Trois-Rivieres.

The SQ said the fire was not recent and because of the condition of the body, they are unable to determine the identity of that victim at this time. 

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of 19-year-old Ophélie Martin-Cyr, whose body was found in a field in Yamachiche, west of Trois-Rivières, Wednesday. 

Martin-Cyr had been with a friend before she was reported missing early Wednesday morning. Police say the friend, a 21-year-old woman, escaped from a moving vehicle that night. 

Police arrested René Kègle, 38, in Repentigny and Francis Martel, 31, in Montreal Thursday evening. Police had issued a warrant for the men's arrest on first-degree murder charges earlier this week.

They are expected to appear in court Friday afternoon in Trois-Rivières, facing charges related to Martin-Cyr's death as well as for attempted murder, police say.

The same night police believe Martin-Cyr was killed — from Tuesday to Wednesday — a torched car with the remains of two people inside was found farther east, past Trois-Rivières in Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap.

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