15 February 2008

Someone Murdered Karissa Boudreau

This story has been in the headlines for some time now here in Halifax. It was only yesterday, however, that the missing person was confirmed to be Karissa Boudreau, along with the announcement that the case is now a murder investigation. Details are still not fully divulged on the matter, but we now know that someone inflicted trauma before killing her. This is a very sad story, and it has taken a real emotional toll on the small town of Bridgewater and spread across the province. Let us all hope that the murderer is found and brought to justice.

Who would kill Karissa?
Trauma on body shows missing 12-year-old girl was a murder victim
By BEVERLEY WARE / South Shore Bureau Fri. Feb 15 - 5:38 AM
BRIDGEWATER — THE CASE OF A MISSING 12-year-old girl that gripped Bridgewater for more than two weeks took a shocking turn Thursday when it officially became a murder investigation.
Dental records confirmed Wednesday that a body found on the outskirts of town just before noon on Saturday was that of Karissa Boudreau. The body was found within walking distance of her home.
Trauma to her body showed she was murdered, police said at a news conference Thursday.
The murder is the first in the town since 1992.
"Obviously this is going to hit our community pretty hard," said Sgt. John Collyer of Bridgewater police. "I just want them to know that the full resources of the Bridgewater Police Service and the RCMP are involved in this investigation and we’re putting all of our efforts into trying to bring this to a successful resolution, and obviously we will do our utmost to ensure the safety of the community."
Police said no one has been arrested and they have no suspects. Investigators believe the killing is an isolated case but won’t say how they reached that conclusion.
"The Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP are appealing to the general public for their assistance and any information regarding this incident," said Const. Grant Webber of the RCMP.
"We’re hopeful someone saw something" and will contact the RCMP, Bridgewater police or Crime Stoppers.
Police know how and when Karissa died but aren’t releasing that information yet. Nor are they saying whether the Grade 6 student was sexually assaulted, or if she was killed where her body was found or it was dumped there. An autopsy was performed Wednesday.

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