Focus on 50-square-kilometre sector as search for Martin Carpentier enters seventh day

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Acting on information gleaned from the public, the Sûreté du Québec on Tuesday embarked on the seventh day of its manhunt for Martin Carpentier in a 50-square-kilometre sector of dense woods in the area of Saint-Apollinaire, west of Lévis.

The vast search area includes the stretch of forest where Carpentier’s daughters, Romy, 6, and Norah, 11, were found dead on Saturday.

Autopsies on the children have been completed, but the SQ is not making public their findings until they have tracked down Carpentier.

Objects described by provincial investigators as “elements of interest” were found in the area and are being analyzed by the province’s forensics lab in Montreal.

SQ spokesperson Ann Mathieu said on Tuesday morning that officers deployed on all terrain vehicles would continue to conduct a ground search while a Transport Canada aircraft equipped with a thermal imaging camera could scan the area from above.

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