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Police ask for help to find killer

Gatineau police and investigators are using tips from the public to track down suspects in the Valérie Leblanc murder case, chief Mario Harel said in a press conference yesterday.

The 18-year-old's burned and beaten body was discovered by passersby on a trail behind CEGEP de l'Outaouais last Tuesday.

While he could not specify the number of suspects, Harel says the squad is working “night and day” with the Surêté de Quebec and Ottawa police to find answers.

“We are not neglecting anything in this case to make sure we succeed and get our hands on this perpetrator.”

A parallel investigation to determine whether the body was tampered with post-mortem is still in progress. The police will submit a report to the Crown once the investigation is complete, Harel said.

A dedicated tip line police set up for the case is “very active” and members of the public have approached investigators, says Harel. He encourages the public to keep calling and to check the police's Facebook page for updates.

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