New Brunswick

Linnea Veinotte found dead in Grenada, family confirms

The family of Linnea Veinotte, 36, has confirmed she was found dead near St. George's, Grenada. Her father, Rev. Doug Moore, says he has had to deliver a lot of bad news to people over 40 years. Now, he says, "I guess it's my turn."

Person of interest in her disappearance turns himself in to police in Grenada

The family of Linnea Veinotte, 36, has confirmed she was found dead near St. George's, Grenada. (Facebook)

The family of Canadian Linnea Veinotte, 36, missing since Dec. 6,  has confirmed she was found dead near St. George's, Grenada's capital city.

Akim Frank, 26, who was wanted in connection with Veinotte's disappearance, turned himself in to police and led them to Veinotte's body on Friday.

He is believed to be still in police custody.
Linnea Veinotte and her sons Isaac and Lucas in Grenada. (Facebook)

Veinotte's father, Rev. Doug Moore, lives in Fredericton where he is the pastor at the local Lutheran church, St. Mathew Evangelical.

Reached by CBC News, Moore said he was working on his sermon for Sunday's service. He said "I'm OK, as well as I could be."

Moore said earlier this week his work as a pastor over the past 40 years has meant he has deliver a lot of bad news to people, "I guess it's my turn," he said.
Rev. Doug Moore of Fredericton is the father of Linnea Veinotte, whose body was found in Grenada on Friday. (CBC)

Moore said his son-in-law, Matt Veinotte, is distraught. "He just starts crying … he was just able to say hello before he just broke down," said Moore.

In an emotional statement on the In Memory Of Linnea Veinotte Facebook page, Matt Veinotte shared his grief with the world.

"It does not seem real; I am waiting and hoping that I'll wake up from this 5 days of agony. I'm hurt...lost… angry… empty… and lonely."

He thanks the thousands of volunteers who helped in the search for his missing wife and thanks his family and his young sons Lucas and Isaac. He also shoulders the blame in a poignant outpouring of grief.
Matt and Linnea Veinotte and their sons Lucas and Isaac. The family lived in Glen Haven, N.S., and more recently in St. George's, Grenada. (Facebook)

"It was my job to keep our family safe… and I failed! Now I have to look into the eyes of everyone that knows Linnea, especially our two little boys and find a way keep them safe, to give them love, and provide in a way that only she could do."

Linnea Veinotte, who grew up in New Denmark, N.B., but had called Lunenburg and Glen Haven, N.S., home in later years, went out for a run with her dog and was not seen again. Her dog was found badly injured and police had been looking for an SUV seen speeding from the accident. 

Over six days police, friends and family combed the area, looking for the missing woman and following up leads. A break in the case occurred Thursday when police found the SUV. Shortly after finding the vehicle police announced they were looking for Frank in connection with Veinotte's disappearance.

People in Veinotte's former community of New Denmark came together earlier in the week for a candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return.

Christian Armstrong, one of Veinotte's godparents, says with the news that her body had been found, people are grieving in his small small community in northwestern New Brunswick.

"This is devastating to us," he said. "Our lives will never be the same after this week.

Corrections

  • "A previous version of this story indicated police in Grenada issued a statement saying they were looking for Akim Frank as a person of interest after Veinotte's body was discovered. In fact police named Frank as a person of interest several hours before Veinotte's body was discovered."
    Dec 15, 2015 6:30 PM AT

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