On February 25, 1990, the family of Jean-Eude and Odette Richard were at their home, at 670 rue de Breste apartment 1, in Laval. Odette argued with her husband and around 10 p.m., she decided to put an end to this quarrel by leaving the place. She allegedly took her purse and left through the backdoor.
On February 27th, 2 days later, her husband reported her missing as he had not heard from her and feared for his wife’s safety.
At that time, Odette Richard was 49 years old and had 4 children. She worked in a factory in the neighborhood of St-Michel. She is described as a hard-working, resourceful woman with character. Odette had mental health issues, including depression. She was seeing a doctor and was taking medication. The last two years before her disappearance were difficult for her: she had multiple severe attacks and overmedicated herself.
Odette Richard was born on September 7, 1941, in Grande Vallée, in Gaspésie. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and has brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she weighed 125 lbs and had her hair dyed black in order to camouflage her real salt and pepper (grayish) colored hair. Odette has undergone “the big operation”, or hysterectomy, and was wearing dental prosthesis. She also has a bump on her right foot from a previous operation. On the evening of February 25th, she wore pink joggers and sweaters, and a braided winter coat with wool and a hood.
A police report was written, but this case did not generate media interest and no investigation was done. According to the son of Mrs. Richard, she could have lived under a fake name in Gaspésie between 1990 and 1999 and also have been interned in Quebec and lived in homelessness in Quebec or Montreal.
Any information related to this disappearance can be reported anonymously to the Laval Police at 450-662-4636.
You can also communicate anonymously with Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec at 819-200-4628 and [email protected].
Translation from French