| Farnham | Lise Brisebois Murdered on March 10, 1990

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On Friday March 9, 1990, Lise Brisebois went to the Super 9 nightclub in Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu.  met up with her friend Sophie as well as Gaétan, a man she has been dating for three weeks. The evening is going wonderfully. Happy, the two young women are leaving soon for Florida. A long-awaited first plane trip for Lise.

After the bar closes, around 3:30 a.m., everyone goes their own way. Lise, by car, returns directly to the family home on Paquette Street in Brossard where she lives with her parents and two boys aged 13 and 16 who live there in a foster home. Her parents were absent that night though, since they were staying at their cottage but the boys were sleeping in the basement.

At 4:10 a.m., the young woman receives a call from her boyfriend Gaétan who wants to make sure she has returned safely. After 15 minutes, she interrupts the conversation and mentions to Gaétan that she thinks she hears someone at the door. He will never speak to her again.

Around 5 a.m., unable to sleep, the neighbor across the street, Lily May Hadock, gets up to watch television. She hears a noise coming from the Brisebois house. A few minutes later, she sees a car that she doesn’t believe is Lise’s leaving the yard, the headlights off.

On Saturday evening, Lise will not show up for a planned dinner at Gaétan’s. On March 11th, very early in the morning, Lise’s disappearance was reported to the police. They search the premises and find, at the entrance, broken artificial fingernails.

On November 17, 1990, a pruner doing work for Hydro-Québec in Rainville, a municipality now merged with Farnham and the limits of Brigham, found human bones scattered about a dozen meters from rang Gingras. Dispatched to the scene, the police officers of the Sûreté du Québec searched the wooded area without finding any clothing or jewelry. Hair is however recovered as well as red vinyl nails. The coroner’s inquest report concludes a violent death by homicide. Ten days later, the remains are identified as those of Lise Brisebois. The identification was made from a lock of hair, Lise’s dental chart and the reported nails.

Two hypotheses were presented by Luc Grégoire of the Estrie Investigations Bureau of the Sûreté du Québec, during the program Dossiers mystères broadcast on Television Quatre-Saisons.

The first being that after hanging up with Gaétan, the young woman would have opened the door to a person, probably an acquaintance, and that there would have been an altercation. That’s when she allegedly broke her fingernails. Shortly after, the neighbor heard a noise and saw a car leaving the scene. Lise was allegedly kidnapped at that time, with her clothes on which she had put on a dressing gown, and her car would have been abandoned in the parking lot of the Champlain shopping center in order to cover the tracks. Lise would thus have disappeared.

The second hypothesis is based on the testimony of Said, one of the two young boys staying with the Brisebois. He believes he saw Lise on Saturday morning, March 10th. According to this hypothesis, there would therefore have been an altercation at home during the night, but without there having been an abduction at the home on rue Paquette. Still according to the teenager, Lise would have left around noon wearing the clothes of the day before, a black suede skirt and a beige suede jacket. Another testimony fits this scenario. Indeed, Marlène Lapierre, the manager of a store at Mail Champlain, also believes that she saw the woman on March 10th. Around 2 p.m., she would have tried on and bought clothes. In that case, Lise would have been kidnapped at the Mail Champlain. The cashier cannot find a receipt for Lise’s purchases that day. However, it is possible that the witnesses have the wrong day.

Lise Brisebois was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 107 pounds. She had brown eyes and long light blond hair. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a short black suede skirt, a black sweater, black nylon stockings and shoes as well as a beige suede coat.

Any information related to 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].  

Source: Translation from French

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