On February 17, 1971, André Paré took his daughter Alice to her music class at the Cégep de Drummondville, more precisely at the Gilles Fortin pavilion. The class was scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. but, for the first time, the young girl showed up about ten minutes late. Marcel Saint-Jacques, the teacher, had not waited and had left the Cégep. When she arrived, the 14-year-old girl had then come across a closed door and her father had already left.
Subsequently, Alice borrowed 10 cents from two classmates, including her friend Louise, and crossed the street to use a phone box to call home and ask her parents to pick her up. Unfortunately, this public phone was faulty and she was not able to reach her parents. Then, the teenager allegedly mentioned to her friend Louise that she would walk to get to her home, at 667 boulevard Mercure, explaining the way she’d take to get there. Her home was a mile away and the route would take her through St-Jean and Lindsay Streets as well as Mercure Boulevard.
Having heard nothing from their daughter later that evening, Alice’s parents reportedly went to the Cégep to learn that the music lesson had been canceled and that Alice would have decided to walk home alone. This is when her parents decided to call the police. At the time of her disappearance, Alice was 4 feet 5 inches tall, weighed around 70 pounds, had long brown hair and was wearing her school uniform: a bright red coat, boots and a white hat. The girl had dark brown eyes.
68 days after her disappearance, on April 26th, around 2 p.m., 3 workers from the Elphège Leclerc farm on 3rd row in St-Clotilde-de-Horton reportedly saw white shoes under a tree on a gravel path, 60 feet from the road. As they approached, they discovered Alice’s body. She was still fully dressed in her school uniform, and her red coat and green woolen jacket had been removed and placed next to her body. The flute she was carrying was not at the scene. Following a public call, a boy who had been picking up bottles reported to the police on April 29th that he had seen the flute in a ditch on April 24th on Route 20, between Sainte-Clotilde and Saint-Albert, a 10-minute drive from 3e Rang where the body was found.
The autopsy carried out the next day showed that the young victim had been strangled. She also had bruises on one arm and on one thigh. There was no trace of sexual assault.
Alice was a model student, shy, and very tidy. She was the granddaughter of Judge Joseph Marier, the niece of Judge Marcel Marier of the Municipal Court of Montreal and Judge Elphège Marier of the Superior Court of Quebec and her godfather (or father-in-law, depending on sources), Paul Chassé, practiced law in Drummondville.
Since Alice’s disappearance, several avenues have been explored and more than 150 people have been questioned, without however leading to a lead to solve it. Also, all the cabins located along the St-François River were searched by the police. A witness allegedly mentioned seeing the girl get into a black-colored 1970 two-door Chevrolet the night she disappeared.
Any information that could help solve this murder can be reported anonymously to the Sûreté du Québec info-crime line at 1-800-659-4264.
You can also communicate anonymously with Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec at 819-200-4628 and [email protected]
Sources : Web (John Allore & Éric Veillette in particular)