"Quebec police issue Amber Alert for four-year-old girl"
Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, JULY 03, 2004
Longueuil, Que. - Police have issued an Amber Alert for a four-year-old girl they say was taken by her mother.
Police in Longueuil, south of Montreal, say Sophie Cayer, 30, fled with her daughter, Megane Ladouceur, late Friday night. Police think Ms. Cayer's mother, Huguette Lareau, 58, is with them.
Police spokesman Gaetan Durocher said Ms. Cayer left letters in the family home that threatened suicide and possible harm to her daughter.
"In these [letters], she was saying she might bring Megane with her," Mr. Durocher said. "The life of the young girl, the life of the mother and also the life of the grandmother are in danger. That's why we had to do the Amber Alert, to [track down] these people as soon as possible."
Police said Megane's parents were going through a divorce and custody battle.
It's the second time the family has been in the news this year.
In May, Megane's father, Eric Ladouceur, lost a leg after a bomb placed in his car exploded when he turned on the ignition.
Police said at the time that the computer worker, 40, had complained of being threatened.
Investigators have made no arrests.
Ms. Ladouceur has no criminal record and was not known to police.
Police said they are treating the car bomb and kidnapping as separate.
"It's too soon to make a link between these two events," Mr. Durocher said.
Eric Ladouceur is still recovering from his injuries in a Longueuil hospital and is under 24-hour police protection, Mr. Durocher said.
Police gave no details on his reaction to his daughter's kidnapping.
The public had called in over 100 tips by late Saturday afternoon.
"We've received a lot of information and our investigators are trying to evaluate it," Mr. Durocher said. "But so far, we have no clues where they are, or where they are going."
Mr. Durocher did not say how police were alerted to the girl's disappearance.
Ms. Cayer was believed to be driving a red, four-door Nissan Altima with Quebec licence plate 302 HTS.
The Amber Alert system is used across North America when police suspect a child has been abducted.
The alert quickly disseminates information to highway billboards, broadcasters and newspapers.
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