And by 10 a.m. and despite a three-and-a-half decade gap since the slaying, provincial police said that they were already getting responses from the public.
“Actually some people have already contacted us,” said Sgt. Eloïse Cossette, a spokesperson for the SQ’s Mauricie-Lanaudière division. “They’ve approached us and that’s why we’re here.”
The command post has been set up in the same area where the body of taxi driver Michel Boulianne was found on Aug. 27, 1985.
The last known contact Boulianne had with anyone occurred two days earlier, when he began his shift at 7 p.m. Later in the evening he received a call for a fare to be picked up at a bar on Des Forges Blvd., the last anyone would hear from him until the discovery of his body the next morning in his car in a schoolyard.
News reports published at the time said Boulianne had been stabbed and robbed.
Nearly four decades later, Cossette said the command-post approach had already proven its worth in other cases.
“This approach has produced results. Even if it’s been a long time, people still come forward with information,” she said. “And in the meantime you have to remember, investigative technology has evolved, science has evolved. We didn’t have those resources in the 1980s.”
Anyone with any information on Boulianne’s slaying is urged to call the SQ’s criminal information line at 1-800-659-4264.
Courtesy of Surete du Quebec