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Valerie Leblanc memorial vandalized, Gatineau police say

Someone has reportedly vandalized the memorial to murder victim Valerie Leblanc, and Gatineau police are investigating.

The force said in a press release a commemorative plaque, crucifix and picture, erected by Leblanc's family in a wooded area behind the CEGEP de l'Outaouais, where the teen's body was found had been damaged.

Police say beer cans were seized at the scene.

"It is possible that people who consumed this beer are connected to wrongdoing. It would be premature at this stage of the investigation to make a link between the vandalism and the murderer," wrote Gatineau police spokesman Pierre Lanthier in a French language press release.

Gatineau police want anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Sergeant Yvan Vaillancourt at 819-243-2345 extension 6039.

Leblanc’s body was found beaten and burned near a trail in the woods on August 23, 2011. An autopsy revealed that Leblanc, 18, died from severe head trauma.

Police have no prime suspect or witnesses but continue to investigate, recently returning to the school with a command post that students could visit if they had information to contribute.

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