New Brunswick

Police search rural community near Bathurst for missing teen

Police searched Middle River, N.B., a small community outside Bathurst, on Monday as part of efforts to find Madison Roy-Boudreau, a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for close to three months.

Middle River searched Monday in effort to find Madison Roy-Boudreau

Members of the RCMP underwater recovery team searched a river Monday morning in connection with the disappearance of Madison Roy-Boudreau. (Radio-Canada)

Police searched Middle River, N.B., a small community outside Bathurst, on Monday as part of efforts to find Madison Roy-Boudreau, a 14-year-old girl who has been missing for close to three months.

The Bathurst Police Force, with help from the RCMP's underwater recovery team and tactical support group, the Miramichi Police Force and BNPP Regional Police Force were involved in the search, said Bathurst police Sgt. Julie Daigle, in a news release.

Daigle, in the release, said no further information on the case would be provided Monday.

The search of Middle River comes after police conducted two separate aerial searches in recent weeks for Roy-Boudreau, who was last seen getting into a grey Ford Ranger pickup truck on May 11.

Madison Roy-Boudreau, 14, was last seen getting into a grey Ford pickup truck in Bathurst on May 11. (Bathurst Police Force)

By the next day, police had located the vehicle and kept it under surveillance until May 13, when the driver was arrested. Police have not named that person.

About a week after her disappearance, members of the Bathurst Police Force, RCMP and local search and rescue organizations conducted a week-long ground search in the area of a quarry in Bathurst's west end.

Days later, at a news conference on May 27, Bathurst police Chief Stéphane Roy went through a timeline of the search for Roy-Boudreau, which included mention of the arrest of 42-year-old Steven Laurette of South Tetagouche, a small community west of Bathurst.

Roy declined to say why Laurette was mentioned, or whether he's a person of interest in the case, or the owner of the grey pickup truck.

On May 14, Laurette appeared in court and was charged with failing to abide by a court undertaking between May 10 and 11 in Bathurst. He's accused of breaching the condition that he not be in the presence of females under the age of 18 unless he is accompanied by someone over 18 who is "aware of the present investigation." 

The present investigation centres on sexual assault allegations involving a complainant under the age of 16. 

According to court records, Laurette was charged in September 2019 with sexual assault and sexual interference. The latter offence, according to the Criminal Code, applies to, "every person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16 years." 

The incident is alleged to have occurred between Dec. 1, 2018, and March 12, 2019, at or near Petit-Rocher.

A preliminary inquiry has been scheduled in that case on Aug. 17. 

Daigle said anyone with information about Roy-Boudreau's disappearance is asked to call the Bathurst Police Force at 506-548-0420, and information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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