Foul play not suspected in death of Genevieve Cormier
Police still waiting for autopsy report before ruling out foul play in Saint John teen's death
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of New Brunswick teenager Genevieve Cormier, but are not ruling it out until they have the autopsy report.
The body of the 19-year-old Saint John High School student, who had been missing since late September, was discovered on a beach on Saturday.
"We are awaiting the pathologist's report to conclude the investigation," Saint John Police Force Sgt. Jay Henderson told CBC News on Monday.
"We want to rule out any type of trauma that's been done to the body. And also we're awaiting on the toxicology report," he said.
Police will provide an update once they receive the medical report from the Saint John Regional Hospital's pathology department, Henderson said.
It is unclear when that will be, he said.
No additional details about Cormier's death have been released.
Cormier was last seen on Sept. 29, in a parking lot near the Reversing Falls, on the city's west side.
Her body was found on the city's east side by a woman walking her dog in the Red Head area, near Anthony's Cove.
Cormier's grieving family has declined to comment, but a posting on the Facebook group called "Missing Person Genevieve Cormier" states: "I wanted to thank everyone, on behalf of the entire family, for your amazing compassion and support. We also thank you for respecting our privacy during this difficult time."
Condolences pouring in
More than 300 people have since posted comments, offering condolences.
"Although my heart is broken for the family, I am grateful they can now have closure knowing she will be laid to rest and will be at peace," wrote Carla Miner Brown.
"I believe the world is truly a much sadder place with the absence of such a beautiful person," wrote Murray Daley.
Ann Winchester Smith also took the opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who had been actively searching for Cormier.
They "have my utmost respect for the countless days and hours dedicated in the relentless search efforts," she wrote. "I am sure the family will hold you all deep in their hearts for many years to come."
Just last week, Cormier's family had maintained a stoic optimism, offering up a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to her safe return.
On Monday, search volunteer Amanda Hensey spoke on behalf of the family.
"So much heartbreak right now. It makes no sense. There's just no sense to it. Why?"
A fund has been set up at TD Canada Trust for anyone who wants to help the family with funeral expenses.
"My phone, my email, my Facebook, has just been non-stop today with people saying, 'What can I do for them?'" said Hensey.
There are no details yet on funeral arrangements, or whether the service will be open to the public.
Cormier's mother, Janine Noel-Hawkins, had previously told CBC News the last time she saw her daughter, she had cooked supper, cleaned up and then kissed her goodbye before heading out with some friends in the uptown area.
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, she had said.