2/10/10 - The Star reported that it appears the search for Vincent Lamoureux and Hugo Pereira has come to an end. Police found the car the men were last seen driving submerged in the river under the Viau bridge of the shore of Montreal today. Police were led to search there after finding traces of car debris earlier in the week. Two bodies were found in the vicinity of the car and are awaiting positive identification. In an odd twist, another vehicle was also found in the same vicinity as Pereira's car. There is no word yet on who the other car belongs to or how Lamoureaux and Pereira ended up in the water. The full article is here.
In Montreal, Canada, the families of two missing men are waiting for their safe return. On Feb. 3, roommates Vincent Lamoureux, 20, and Hugo Pereira, 22, went to watch a hockey games with friends, then headed over to Le Diable Vert bar on St. Denis Street. They were seen leaving the bar near closing time, about 2:30 or 2:40 a.m.
About 10 minutes later, Pereira sent a text message to a woman inside the bar inviting her to his home for a drink. The woman went outside to meet him, but Pereira never arrived. She called his cell phone and got no answer. Neither man has been seen since.
According to a police trace of their cell phones, “three hours later, at 6 a.m., Pereira's phone received a text message from Lamoureux's phone, saying, ‘Where are you?’.” Pereira never responded. His roommate says he never turns off his phone, and this would be out of character.
"We're worried, and we don't understand," Lamoureux's uncle Real Lebeouf told CTV News.
Lamourex does not appear to be the type of young man to just disappear. He is described by family as being responsible and close to his mother, visiting her every Thursday before attending a construction site safety class at Collège Montmorency where he is studying to be a firefighter. His family says he has no reason to disappear, and has many friends and no enemies. Lamoureux is a junior A hockey player. His family says he doesn't do drugs or gamble.
According to the Montreal Gazette, “Pereira graduated from the same program last spring and is studying at the Université du Québec à Montréal so he can teach firefighting courses at CEGEP. He also works as a cook and orderly at the Louis H. Lafontaine psychiatric hospital in east-end Montreal.” His family says he doesn’t do drugs.
“I can't understand," said Pereira's mother Fabienne Ouellet. "This is not my Hugo. He would never not give news to his mother."
The men were planning to drive to Longueuil on the South Shore on Feb. 3 to apply for jobs as firefighters, but they never arrived, which raised the alert to their families. At this point, the families believe they may have had an accident or are in a location where they cannot contact them.
The car they were driving that night—an “expensive” black 2007 Acura TL (license plate 861 ZBD) belonging to Pereira—has not been found. Lamoureux’s car was where he had left it, parked outside of the house the men share with two other roommates in the Laval des Rapides district in Montreal.
Vincent Lamoureux is a white, French-speaking man, who is five-feet-eight, 160 lbs., with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green V-neck sweater, a black Energie-brand jacket and a fur cap. Hugo Pereira is a white French-speaking man, who is five-feet-nine, 180 lbs., with short brown hair, brown eyes, an earring and an eyebrow piercing. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white sweater with a hood and a black coat.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to make an anonymous call at INFO-CRIME at 514-393-1133 or speak with an investigator at 514-280-3367.