Almost 10 months after Christine Pelletier-Thibodeau was shot to death in Bulls Creek, south of Woodstock, her family is still waiting for answers and closure.
On Nov. 14, 2021, the RCMP responded to reports of a woman shot at 1428 Route 165.
The following day, police confirmed the death of 35-year-old Thibodeau and reported the arrest and release of a 50-year-old man at the scene.
Over the next several days, police tape surrounded the Bulls Creek property, which housed a house surrounded by a vehicle salvage yard, as investigators scoured the area for evidence.
The RCMP released few updates since the early days of the investigation.
While reluctant to go on record, members of Thibodeau’s family told the River Valley Sun that they are frustrated by the slow progress of the homicide investigation.
They said the ongoing investigation and lack of answers make it difficult for family members of the mother of three children to find closure.
A family member said they aren’t criticizing the efforts of the RCMP or its Major Crime Unit, but they urge anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers.
“Please help us find who did this,” said the family member, “She left behind three wonderful little boys.”
RCMP J Division media relations officer Cpl. Hans Ouellette said the force understands the concerns of family, friends and the community as the investigation moves slowly forward.
“These types of investigations are quite complex,” he said.
Ouellette said investigators ask anyone with large or small information to call the Major Crimes Unit at 1-888-506-7267, the RCMP or Crimestoppers.
“We know there are people out there with information,” he said.
Ouellette said as the active investigation moves forward, police cannot reveal information.
“It is still open and very active, and I can’t divulge if we have any suspects, but I want to assure the public that this is still a priority for the RCMP.”
— With files from Theresa Blackburn
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun