Vigil marks two years since Valérie Leblanc's death

Two years after Valérie Leblanc's body was found burned behind her Gatineau school, police say her case 'is absolutely a priority' and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Police are continuing to search for a suspect in the death of the 18-year-old student

Family wants to keep search alive for killer of local student. 2:21

Two years after Valérie Leblanc's body was found burned behind her Gatineau school, the student's family and friends gathered to remember and keep the search for her killer in the community's minds. 

 It was on Aug. 23, 2011, that the 18-year-old Leblanc's body was found behind the Cégep de l'Outaouais in Gatineau.

On that day in 2013, about 50 people came together at a memorial bench on the school's campus to sing a song written about Valerie, talk about their memories and hope for an arrest.

Valerie Leblanc, 18, was found dead in a forest behind her Gatineau, Que., school two years ago. (Submitted Photo)

"I don't want it to happen to any other girl. Because I wouldn't wish that for my worst enemy," said her grandmother Huguette Leblanc.

"I hope that somebody that knows something or heard something… comes to the police and tells them."

300 tips from public in last year

Gatineau police spokesperson J.P. Lemay said information from the public is key to keeping the investigation from stalling.

"[The case] is absolutely active and absolutely a priority for the Gatineau Police service," said Lemay.

"Considering that two years after the murder, we're still having information coming on this hotline," said Lemay, "is a sign there's still people out there that are hesitating to call us."

Lemay said Gatineau police have received 1,800 tips since Leblanc's body was found. Three hundred of those tips came within the last year.

Information from the investigation and tips from the public has given police a few leads: they released a composite sketch of a person of interest, and also learned of someone they believe is an important witness who was seen walking a mountain bike near where Leblanc's body was found.

Police in Gatineau, Que., released a sketch of a man connected to the slaying of 18-year-old Valerie Leblanc. (CBC)

"It is a vast crime scene," said Lemay. "From day one we knew we had important challenges."

Lemay said Gatineau Police have no new information to release.

A $10,000 reward has been renewed until mid-October for information leading to an arrest.