Quebec man wanted in Virginia

Posted By: Laura Casella · 11/30/2012 9:30:00 AM

Police in Virginia are actively searching for the former fire chief of Lachute in a possible kidnapping.

Hillsville Police Department investigator James Alderman tells CJAD news that a hotel housekeeper in Hillsville found a note that appeared to be written by a child by the name of Jasmine Hines that said she was missing and that police were looking for her.

Security footage apparently shows the girl walking out of the hotel with the now retired fire chief, Pierre Morand. However, police say Morand checked into the Quality Inn Hotel at Exit 14 on Interstate 77 by himself.

The note was discovered in his room.

Sergeant Alderman says this could be a bad joke, but they feel they have a legitimate missing person's case, and want to set the record straight with Morand, who according to a firefighter colleague of his in Lachute, was on his way to Florida with his wife. 

"At this point we don't know if these folks have done anything wrong, and we want to stress that point," says Alderman. "They may have just rented the room and it's possible that they didn't see the note, and they left. They could have been just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

More details to come. 

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