February 25, 2024

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Three months after his disappearance, there is little new information available to locate Jesse Duchesneau

Three months after his disappearance, there is little new information available to locate Jesse Duchesneau

Jesse Duchesneau, who went missing in downtown Quebec last November, is still nowhere to be found, and some new elements are allowing the investigation to move forward.

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The young man, from Paspébiac in Gaspésie, was last seen on November 4 at around 5am.

Surveillance camera images later showed him exiting an underground parking lot near du Pont and Prince-Édouard streets and walking east toward the bike path along the St-Charles River.



A command post was set up near rue du Pont and rue du Prince-Édouard in connection with the disappearance of Jesse Duchesneau on Wednesday, November 8.

Vincent Despians

Since then, despite a field investigation by police officers from the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Sûreté du Québec, some new elements have advanced the investigation.

“We always ask for help from the public,” said SPVQ spokesman Pierre-Olivier Lévesque. “Investigators are still on the case.”

On November 10, police found Jesse Duchesneau's cell phone in the underground parking lot where he slept. Since then, Mr. Levesque confirms.

On SPVQ's part, there is “no personal thesis” due to the lack of information related to this disappearance. At this point, the young Gaspe resident may have been the victim of a crime or been involved in an accident.

In support of the Duchesneau family, Quebec's Murders and Unsolved Disappearances (MDIQ) conducted research with volunteers and flew a drone over Beauport Bay in early January.

“We're now entering a bit of a quiet period in terms of research,” notes Stephen Luce, the organization's president and founder. “Everyone is looking for new information.”



19-year-old Jessy Duchesneau of Paschebeauque disappeared after leaving a bar in Quebec last November.

Volunteers were involved in the search.

Photos by QMI Agency, GUY MARTEL

Mr. Luce says he will wait until spring to check the banks further east of the capital.

He is in direct contact with Jesse Duchesneau's uncle and confirms that the family still travels from Caspé to the Saint-Roch district to put up posters.

Newspaper Jessy Duchesneau's family could not be reached for this report.

Anyone who sees Jessy Duchesneau is urged to call 911 or 418 614-2447 for immediate intervention, which will be conducted confidentially.

A thread of events on the night of November 3 to 4, 2023

  • Jessy Duchesneau came from Rimouski to spend the weekend in Quebec with friends from her electrician course.
  • At Midnight Blue around 1:30 p.m., witnesses say they saw Jesse Duchesneau making a disturbance in the club's restrooms. Goes out under the supervision of security guards.
  • Around 2 a.m., he left the Midnight Blue and stopped by the District Saint-Joseph pub around 2:15 a.m.
  • Surveillance camera footage shows him walking near Caron and Saint-Joseph streets around 3 a.m. and 20 minutes later near du Pont and Prince-Édouard streets.
  • He sleeps in an underground parking lot near rue du Pont and comes out around 4:40 a.m. He then walks east toward the bicycle path along the St.-Charles River.
  • Her friends informed the police and her family about her disappearance around 4 pm.