Cédrika Provencher's grandfather visits site where girl's remains found
Case of Quebec girl who went missing in 2007 has 'progressed' since remains found by hunters, police say
Henri Provencher says it feels like a chapter has closed now that the remains of his granddaughter have been found.
On Monday, he visited the site near where Cédrika Provencher's skull was found.
'You lose something at home and you look all over your house, you look everywhere, and when you find it you think — 'I should've looked there in the first place.' –Henri Provencher
He's the first member of the family to speak directly with media since a trio of hunters discovered Cédrika's skull in the woods on Friday.
Provencher helped co-ordinate volunteer search efforts when his granddaughter first went missing. He said that as far as he knows, they never looked in that spot.
"It's strange .… You lose something at home and you look all over your house, you look everywhere, and when you find it you think — 'I should've looked there in the first place.' That's what it's like. Except it's a little girl, it's not a set of keys you've lost."
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He said police have been doing "phenomenal" work, and that he will always be thankful to the hunters who found her remains.
Provencher added that Cédrika's parents are feeling a "bizarre" combination of emotions right now. He said they're going through "a mix of sadness and consolation to know that it's over."
Police intensify search for evidence
More than 200 officers are combing through a densely wooded area northeast of Montreal in the hopes of finding more evidence in the case, which has frustrated investigators for eight years.
Cédrika was last seen outside near her home, searching for someone's lost dog on a July evening in 2007.
A group of hunters came across Cédrika's skull on Friday, in an isolated stretch of wilderness on the eastern outskirts of Trois-Rivières.
The discovery has injected hope that the case might be solved.
In a short statement, police said the investigation was continuing and the force would offer no further comment Monday.
No one has been arrested in connection with Cédrika's death.
She went missing on July 31, 2007, near her home in Trois-Rivières.
Police say she was approached by an adult who asked for help to find a missing dog. She was never seen again.
Looking for clues
François Doré, a retired Sûreté du Québec officer who worked on the case, described the discovery of the remains as "a major step" in the investigation.
Police have had a suspect in mind but lacked enough evidence to lay charges, Doré said.
He said he's "hopeful and careful" the development in the case could lead to an arrest.
Mourning begins for family
On Sunday, Cédrika's father, Martin Provencher, wrote on Facebook that the family could start mourning at last, thanking everyone for their unwavering support since she disappeared.
"You have helped us overcome another step in this horrible tragedy."