Suspect identified 10 years later: technology has made the evidence speak differently, according to a former investigator

Suspect identified 10 years later: technology has made the evidence speak differently, according to a former investigator
Suspect identified 10 years later: technology has made the evidence speak differently, according to a former investigator

Longueuil police have arrested a suspect for the sordid murder of Jenique Dalcourt in 2014. Technological advances would have allowed the evidence to speak differently and betrayed the alleged murderer.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Longueuil police (SPAL) confirmed that the arrested suspect is Michael McDuff-Jalbert, 35, who was 26 years old at the time of the incident.

The investigation, described as “complex” by the SPAL, could thus reach its epilogue, nine years after the murder.

Without explaining what allowed the police to make this arrest, chief inspector Pierre Duquette, head of the SPAL community investigations service, however confirmed that “specific methods in the field of forensic sciences” made it possible to make progress. the folder.

For the former investigator at the Quebec City Police Department, Roger Ferland, it is the “technological advances” that would have made the evidence speak differently while the suspect is the man that the SPAL has suspected since the beginning of the investigation. ‘investigation.

“People, if we meet them, give us versions of certain elements […] and after that we are able to validate the versions according to time or especially technology,” he declared in an interview with LCN.

The former investigator emphasizes that this is why the police do not give all the elements to the public: “We do not want a crazy person to come and claim to be the author of the crime. Conversely, only the manager can ever tell you exactly all the details. The perpetrator and the crime scene are the main witnesses.

“Now, technological advances in DNA – we have seen this in other files such as that of Marc-André Gagnon where the surname Y was extremely talkative – provide [nouveaux] elements. But then, what else do we have? Did we have partial DNA? I don’t know, but it’s all these elements that mean that today we have proof beyond any doubt for the accused.”

“Hats off to the police”

Mr. Ferland also underlined the “extremely difficult” work of the police officers responsible for the investigation.

“At the press briefing, I felt a certain pride, and with good reason, on the part of the Longueuil police. […] These are files that you never forget,” he stressed.

Recall that on the evening of October 21, 2014, Jenique Dalcourt, aged 23, was attacked before being brutally beaten to death with an iron bar on a cycle path as she was returning home.

See the full interview above.

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