The prime minister has spoken out about the deaths of Romy and Norah Carpentier in Quebec. Sharing his condolences, Trudeau described the tragedy as “devastating.” Police continue to search for the girls’ father.

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On Thursday afternoon, an Amber Alert was issued in Quebec, after 6-year-old Romy Carpentier and 11-year-old Norah Carpentier disappeared with their father.

Their bodies were discovered by the Surete du Quebec (SQ) on Saturday, and officers confirmed that both children were found dead in a wooded area of Saint-Apollinaire.

Their father, 44-year-old Martin Carpentier, remains missing. A police search is ongoing.

To share his condolences, the prime minister took to Twitter at 11:10pm on July 11.

“I’m devastated by the news coming out of Quebec today, an incomprehensible tragedy for any parent,” Trudeau wrote.

“My heart breaks for the family and friends of Norah and Romy - I’m sending you my deepest condolences,” he continued.

The PM added that “all Canadians” would be thinking of the young girls’ family and friends.

Sharing a similar message, Quebec Premier François Legault also described feeling devastated by the “national tragedy.”

“Like all Quebecers, I am devastated, without words,” he tweeted on Saturday night. “Losing two children, what we hold most dear in life, is incomprehensible.”

An investigation into the girls’ cause of death is ongoing. That said, it is currently a priority for police to locate Martin Carpentier.

In a tweet on Saturday night, the SQ confirmed that all necessary resources were being used to find the man, including helicopters, dog handlers and ATV patrollers.

On Sunday morning, at around 10:30am, the SQ confirmed that Carpentier had not yet been found, although officers had searched throughout the night.

"The search continues this morning," they wrote.

According to a release shared by police, the two girls and their father are believed to have been in a vehicle collision on Wednesday. 

The car, which was heading east on Highway 20 in St-Apollinaire, reportedly skidded and flipped over, before landing on the opposite side of the road.

The Amber Alert was issued on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are asking anybody who may have seen the 44-year-old to call 911 immediately.

Martin Carpentier was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans. He is around 5 feet 10 inches, and weighs approximately 130 pounds.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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