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Three suspects charged in connection with human remains found in Quebec City

They were arrested Sept. 17 in Kahnawake and originally charged with committing an indignity to a body.

A provincial police car is shown in Montreal on July 22, 2020. Prosecutors say a Quebec man is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with human remains found in the provincial capital area.
A provincial police car is shown in Montreal on July 22, 2020. Prosecutors say a Quebec man is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with human remains found in the provincial capital area. Photo by Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

QUEBEC CITY — A Quebec man is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with human remains that were found in the provincial capital area.

Francçois Bouchard, 31, was charged Friday at the Quebec City courthouse in the killing of Santiago Gaona.

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His co-accused, Cassandra Major, 31, and Jean-Philippe Lamontagne, 44, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The three suspects were arrested on the evening of Sept. 17 in the Montreal-area Mohawk territory of Kahnawake and originally charged with committing an indignity to a body.

Human remains were found Sept. 17 in the Quebec City area, but police have said the killing likely occurred between Sept. 8 and Sept. 16 about 200 kilometres away in Contrecoeur, northeast of Montreal.

The case returns to court in Quebec City on Nov. 24.

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