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Stéphane Roy's brother remains hopeful as search continues for missing helicopter

Stéphane Roy — the president and founder of the company that sells greenhouse-grown produce under the Savoura brand — and his son were expected to return by helicopter from their cottage in Quebec's Mauricie region on Wednesday.

Daniel Roy's brother and nephew were expected to return by helicopter from Mauricie cottage last Wednesday

Daniel Roy is the brother of prominent Quebec businessman Stéphane Roy, who was piloting a helicopter that's been missing for six days. (Radio-Canada)

The brother of a prominent Quebec businessman and his teenage son who went missing six days ago says he hasn't given up hope the pair will be found. 

Stéphane Roy — the president and founder of the company that sells greenhouse-grown produce under the Savoura brand — and his 14-year-old son were expected to return by helicopter from their cottage in Quebec's Mauricie region last Wednesday.

The pair has not been heard from since.

"The morale is still very positive. We're sure that those people, my brother and his son, are still alive," said Daniel Roy, Stéphane Roy's brother. 

The Canadian Armed Forces has been searching possible flight paths from the cottage to the family home in the Saint-Jérôme area.

The search area, originally 20,000 square kilometres, has now been reduced by about 40 per cent.

The Canadian Armed Forces suspended the search Tuesday night to allow military and volunteer crews to rest after six days of work. The search will resume Wednesday morning. 

Daniel Roy says the family and friends have no idea what happened to his brother and nephew. 

He said Stéphane Roy is a very experienced helicopter pilot who usually follows a specific track to get home. 

"Did he go off track for any reason? We don't know," Daniel Roy said. 

He said, either way, he's positive his brother's fighting spirit will bring him home. 

"We know that if he's somewhere in trouble he will fight all the time," Daniel Roy said. 

With files from Radio-Canada

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