Montreal police continue hunt for suspect in Quebec's 14th femicide this year

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Montreal police are still looking for a man they suspect murdered his 32-year-old partner on Monday in what is believed to be the province's 14th femicide this year.

They said today there is still no sign of the 30-year-old suspect seen fleeing the apartment where the victim was found.

Police said they responded to a 911 call just before 5 p.m. Monday and found the body of the 32-year-old woman, and they also found a child inside the apartment.

On Tuesday, police said they searched a river separating Montreal with its northern suburb after the suspect's vehicle was found near a bridge.

Quebec has experienced a spate of femicides since the beginning of 2021, with an unofficial count putting the number at 14.

In response, the government set aside $222 million over five years for various resources to protect women, including shelters and programs for victims of domestic violence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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