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3 arrested in connection with homicide, after body found near Quebec City

Three people were arrested in connection to a homicide that was discovered  Sunday in the Quebec City area, said provincial police. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC - image credit)
Three people were arrested in connection to a homicide that was discovered Sunday in the Quebec City area, said provincial police. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC - image credit)

Three people have been arrested in connection with a homicide, after a body was discovered in the Quebec City area on Sunday, provincial police say.

The victim was found in L'Ancienne Lorette. According to Radio-Canada, it was on the grounds of ABC de l'arbre, a tree maintenance company on Notre-Dame Avenue.

Police say they received a call around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and found a body in a state that made it difficult to identify.

Provincial police are investigating with Quebec City police.

Evidence at the scene led them to believe that the victim had been killed at a house in Contrecoeur, Que., in the Montérégie region, about 220 kilometres southwest of there. Forensic teams are on that scene.

Three suspects, Jean-Philippe Lamontagne, 44, Cassandra Major, 31, and François Bouchard, 31, were arrested in a vehicle in Kahnawà:ke on Sunday evening. The vehicle was searched and all three were charged with indignity to human remains.

Authorities have not identified the victim.

Crown prosecutor Jean-Simon Larouche said it's likely that the suspects will face more charges but that it's hard to say whether there will be more arrests.

"Investigations are ongoing at a few different crime scenes. The police must complete their analysis of the evidence, and they are still collecting evidence," he said.

The suspects' bail hearing was pushed back to Friday as the investigation is ongoing, said Larouche.

"We do not have confirmation that the murder or the event was linked to organized crime, but it is among our hypotheses," said provincial police spokesperson Stéphane Tremblay.

Thérèse Côté lives on the street where the death is thought to have occurred and said she was very surprised.

"I'm very sad about what's happening on our street, it's a calm area in Contrecoeur. We're here because it's peaceful, it's friendly, there's lots of families," she said.