Police find remains of Quebec girl missing since 2007

Quebec police have confirmed that remains found in a wooded area on Friday belong to Cedrika Provencher, a young girl who went missing in 2007.

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Police said late Saturday that remains were found near Highway 40 East in Saint-Maurice, Que.

Cedrika was nine years old when she disappeared from her Trois-Rivieres neighbourhood on July 31, sparking a massive search effort from volunteers and police.

At the time, neighbours said the girl had last been seen searching for a stranger's lost dog.

Her bike was discovered later that evening, propped up against a fire hydrant.

Cedrika's father, Martin Provencher, spent years looking for his daughter, saying in a 2008 interview with CTV Montreal that it would be "impossible" for him to give up on his search.

Now, after more than eight years, he finally has some answers.

In a message on Facebook on Sunday, Martin Provencher thanked everyone who helped lead to the discovery.

"You've allowed us to make it past another step in this horrible tragedy," he wrote in French. "Now, we can begin mourning in peace."

J'aimerais remercier les gens qui ont fait en sorte que Cédrika est maintenant retrouvée. Sans vous, nous en serions pr...

Posted by Martin Provencher on Sunday, 13 December 2015

Cedrika's case sparked widespread interest in the province, and across Canada. It also inspired the creation of the Cedrika Provencher Foundation.

The foundation is dedicated to ensuring Cedrika's story won't be forgotten, and that no other families suffer the same loss.

There have been no arrests in relation to the case, but Quebec police say the investigation into Cedrika's death is ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-800-659-4264.


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