Man charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with Laval woman's death

Christopher Oliveira, 31, is suspected of killing Nicole Chouinard, 71, whose body was found outside her home in Laval-des-Rapides on June 23. Police found him in an abandoned chalet in the Lanaudière region early Thursday morning.

Police found 31-year-old man in abandoned chalet near Rawdon in Lanaudière region at around 1 a.m. Thursday

Christopher Oliviera, 31, faces a charge of second-degree murder for the death of 71-year-old Nicole Chouinard, whose body was found outside her home in Laval-des-Rapides on June 23. (Police de Laval)

Christopher Oliveira, 31, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Nicole Chouinard, 71, whose body was found outside her home in Laval-des-Rapides last Saturday afternoon.

Oliveira was picked up by police at an abandoned chalet in Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare, about ten kilometres from Rawdon in the Lanaudière region, around 1 a.m. Thursday. 

The Laval police tactical squad made the arrest, assisted by the Sûreté du Québec. 

Police said Oliveira lived with Chouinard, but they are not related. 

In the hours following the discovery of the body, Oliveira was spotted by security cameras at the Cartier Metro station in Laval and at the Radisson Metro station in Montreal.

Police said he was last seen Saturday night at a restaurant in Saint-Jean-de-Matha, about 95 kilometres north of Laval.

Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare, where he was arrested, is about 25 kilometres southwest of Saint-Jean-de-Matha.