Police divers are scouring the Mile-Îles River near Terrebonne, Que., for new evidence in a 12-year-old missing persons case.
Provincial police said they are acting on new information in the case of Julie Surprenant, who was 16 years old when she disappeared in 1999.
A tip came in last January when a nurse at a Laval hospital told a reporter that a man dying of cancer confessed five years ago to Surprenant’s murder.
That man, Richard Bouillon, was a neighbour of the teenager and had served time in prison for sexual offences.
Surprenant was last seen getting off a bus near her home on Île Saint-Jean, in Terrebonne, just north of Montreal.
On Wednesday, Surprenant's father came to the site where divers were looking for clues as to what happened to his daughter.
"After 12 years, I have some [reservations]
about everything that’s happened," Michel Surprenant said.
"I hope for Julie to be discovered finally. . . The most difficult part is to wait – wait and hope to have an answer"
Police said the reason it’s taken so long to search the area is the fast-moving current in the river make it dangerous.
On Wednesday, police divers had ideal conditions to start the search.