A search in Gatineau Park has uncovered evidence that foul play was not responsible for the injuries of a woman found badly burned in a nearby parking lot, police said Wednesday. They don't believe anyone else was hurt.
Gatineau police spokeswoman Isabelle Poirier said police now believe the incident was an attempted suicide.
An unidentified badly burned woman found in a parking lot near Gatineau Park in Quebec sparked a police search in the area after she was heard speaking of "other victims."
On Wednesday, more than a dozen police officers with snowmobiles and ATVs combed trails that are popular for cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities. Based on the results of Wednesday's search, police do not think there were other victims.
The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was spotted around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the CEGEP de l'Outaouais by two students working out at the quiet campus over March break. The school is located on Cité des Jeunes Boulevard, which runs along the eastern edge of the federally owned, 36,100-hectare Gatineau Park in the National Capital Region, north of Ottawa.
Before losing consciousness, the woman told the students there were other victims in the woods of Gatineau Park.
The students called police and the woman was sent to a local hospital with second-degree and third-degree burns to her thighs and upper body, including her face. Later, she was was transferred to the burn unit at Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Montreal.
Based on her statement to the students, police searched the area with police dogs until 11 p.m. Tuesday and then continued their search Wednesday.
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