Eva-Rose Gauthier: Missing girl who went into Quebec River identified


The body of a four-year-old girl who disappeared five months ago after falling into a river in Quebec while sledding has been identified.

The body of Eva-Rose Gauthier was found on Sunday in Lac Saint-Jean near the Vauvert-sur-le-lac-Saint-Jean tourist complex, about 15 kilometers from where she disappeared on December 22, 2023, Noovo Info reported.

That day, while sledding with her mother, she broke through a fence and fell into the Mistassibi River, about 242 kilometers northwest of Quebec City. The provincial police then launched a search operation lasting several days, using divers and a drone to find her.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) called off the search on December 29, but announced that it would resume if there were new clues about the child's whereabouts.

The discovery of her body came after the girl's mother posted an appeal on social media on May 15, urging fishermen to look for traces of her daughter as the fishing season begins.

On Friday, the mother published a touching post on Facebook about her daughter, “my angel.”

“You made me a mother, you taught me how to be one. Despite all the sleepless nights, tantrums and other difficulties, I saw unconditional love grow day by day,” the mother wrote.

“I am angry at life for taking you from us, but I take comfort in the fact that your work here is done and that you are needed somewhere else, wherever you are, to bring love, joy and tenderness, just as you did so well for your family. I love you, my sunshine, watching over us and your beloved little brother. We still have a long way to go.”

An online obituary for the little girl was published this week, announcing that her funeral will be held on June 7 in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que.

With files from Noovo Info