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Cédrika Provencher case: Man flagged in 2007 remains person of interest

A man considered a person of interest when Cédrika Provencher disappeared eight years ago remains in the sights of investigators now that her remains have been found, according to Radio-Canada.

Sûreté du Québec searched for man between age 30 and 40, red Acura sedan in aftermath of 2007 disappearance

Cédrika Provencher's remains were found Friday by hunters near Trois-Rivières, Que. (Martin Provencher/Facebook)

A man considered a person of interest when Cédrika Provencher disappeared eight years ago remains in the sights of investigators now that her remains have been found, according to Radio-Canada.

Two months after Cédrika disappeared on July 31, 2007 near her home in Trois-Rivières, police announced they were searching for a French-speaking man of medium build between age of 30 and 40.

At the time, the Sûreté du Québec said he was driving a four-door red Acura sedan with chrome handles and tinted windows.

According to Radio-Canada sources, police have not dismissed that lead, even though no suspect has ever been publicly identified and no one has been arrested in connection with her death.

Police believe she was approached by an adult who asked for help to find a missing dog. 

The Sûreté du Québec confirmed on Sunday it has received new information in the case following the discovery of the body.

The director-general of the Sûreté, Martin Prud'homme, wouldn't offer details about any new leads.

Snow blankets crime scene

Police ramped up their search for new evidence after Provencher's remains were discovered by hunters in a wooded area near Trois-Rivières, Que., on Friday.

More than 200 officers have been dispatched to search the area for clues over the past several days.

They intensified the search earlier this week in an effort to gather as much information as possible while the ground was still clear of snow. 

By Wednesday morning, a thin layer of snow had blanketed the area.

François Doré, a retired Sûreté du Québec officer who worked on the case, described the discovery of the remains as "a major step" in the investigation.

He said improved DNA-identification methods could help police build a case.

September 2007: Sûreté du Québec Lt. François Doré describes the suspect sought Cedrika Provencher's disappearance. 0:32

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