Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS Quebec provincial police officers search for evidence next to a truck in Lachute, Que., Friday.

Missing Quebec boy found alive in Ontario

MONTREAL — A six-year-old boy who had gone missing along with his father after the child’s mother was found dead in Quebec has been found safe in Ontario, police said Friday.

Ugo Fredette, 41, and his son, Louka Fredette, disappeared Thursday afternoon.

The boy, who had been the subject of an Amber Alert, was found Friday at about 5 p.m. in Griffith, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa, Quebec provincial police said.

“We had an end that everyone hoped for,” Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Martine Asselin told reporters moments after the child was found. “Young Louka was found safe and sound by the (Ontario Provincial Police).

“(Ugo Fredette) was arrested. It’s great news for everyone. The work of media, police and citizens, we thank you all very much.”

Carolle Dionne, spokeswoman for Ontario’s provincial police, said officers on the ground aided by a helicopter were able to stop the vehicle.

Dionne confirmed Louka was in the car but couldn’t say where his father was arrested or if he resisted.

“The OPP will continue the investigation and we are working in conjunction with the (Quebec provincial police).”

Quebec police said the car was located in Griffith, Ont., while Dionne said officers stopped the car southwest of Renfrew, Ont., on Highway 41, which passes through Griffith.

Louka’s mother and Fredette’s wife, Veronique Barbe, was found dead Thursday night in a home in Saint-Eustache, Que., north of Montreal.

Police say Barbe had four children, including three before her relationship with Fredette.

Asselin said the car in which Louka was found in was previously used by a 71-year-old man who was reported missing.

She said police were asking the public for help in finding Yvon Lacasse, who they believe could have been dropped off somewhere by Fredette.

Fredette worked on a documentary about Cedrika Provencher, who was nine years old when she disappeared from her home in Trois-Rivieres 10 years ago. Her remains were found in a wooded area in December 2015.

Her grandfather, Henri Provencher, who runs the Cedrika Provencher Foundation, posted an appeal on Facebook earlier, urging Fredette to turn over his son to police.

“I appeal to your father’s heart, do not commit the irremediable,” Provencher said. “Thank you for acting as a responsible father Ugo. Think of your child.”

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