Tragedy in St. Felix

Wayne Thibodeau
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ST. FELIX — A P.E.I. community has been left in shock after a burnt-out Jeep was discovered down an isolated dirt road with two bodies inside.

A passerby made the gruesome discovery in St. Felix, a small western Prince Edward Island community only a stone’s throw away from Tignish.

Police are describing the incident as an isolated act. They  say there is no reason for residents in the neighbouring communities to be concerned for their safety.

Scrollable map of scene

However, RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar also says the investigation is only in the preliminary stages.

“It’s very early in the investigation to determine exactly what transpired, however all indications at this point is that it was a targeted act,” Blackadar said in an interview with The Guardian.

“We are still canvassing people in the area, we’re talking to family members of the person we believed to be deceased, we’re going back to try and retrace the last steps of that vehicle.”

A passerby noticed the burning Jeep at 110 Martin Road in St. Felix at 1 a.m. Friday morning. The burning vehicle was only a short distance from the main road connecting the Town of Alberton with the Community of Tignish.

The Tignish fire department was called and put out the fire.

Only when the fire was extinguished did firefighters discover the two bodies inside the car.

By this time, the RCMP was already on the scene.

“When they opened the vehicle they saw two bodies inside the vehicle,” Blackadar said.

The RCMP’s major crime unit, the fire marshal’s office as well as the chief coroner are working together to try to piece together what unfolded along that dark, dirt road in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Police have contacted family members about the possible identity of the victims. They do know who owned the vehicle.

But they say it will take days to positively identify who was inside the black Jeep Wrangler because the vehicle was so badly burned.

“We are still canvassing people in the area, we’re talking to family members of the person we believed to be deceased, we’re going back to try and retrace the last steps of that vehicle.” RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar

Autopsies were performed Friday evening in Halifax. Dental records are also being secured in an effort to identify the two individuals. Because of that police are not releasing any further information about who may have died inside the vehicle.

The cause of death is also still unknown.

Blackadar did confirm that neither of the deceased are from the St. Felix area, but rather are believed to be from the greater Charlottetown area.

Police say they do not have any known connections to the St. Felix area.

“That’s one of the mysteries right now.”

Blackadar said part of their investigation has led police to believe that a third party is not involved. He said a police dog brought in to investigate did not pick up any trace of anybody leaving the scene of the vehicle.

The police also know more about the individual who owned the vehicle, however they are not releasing any of those details at this time.

Police are asking anybody with information related to this discovery to contact the RCMP.

More information will be released early next week. Police are planning to hold a news conference as early as Monday.

Blackadar said the RCMP’s forensic identification unit will be pouring over every inch of the vehicle in an attempt to piece together what unfolded.

There were no weapons found in the vehicle, or anywhere in the area, which was also extensively searched.

But Blackadar said the extent of the fire damage will make that hunt for clues more challenging.

“First responders are shocked too,” said Blackadar.

“They weren’t expecting to discover that because they thought it was a routine incident.”


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Tignish, Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Nancy
    June 25, 2013 - 15:56

    The public does not have a right to know what circumstances lead to this tragic event, and I would like to know why they think that. Until you walk in someone elses shoes keep your comments to your self.

  • Julie Ferguson
    June 25, 2013 - 12:49

    I submitted a comment on Sunday June 23 stating that this tragedy was three years in the making, and the system failled both families. My comments were unbiased, however because I said accountability was needed, my comment was not published.I guestion unethical editing.

  • Jonah
    June 23, 2013 - 23:20

    I wanted to know what this was all about just like everyone here. I went looking for the information and found it, and now I wish I never even heard about this. Horrible tragedy, makes me sick to my stomach. Feel privileged you don't know. Condolences to the family.

  • saddened
    June 22, 2013 - 22:58

    vey very sad situation .people should stop gossiping and assuming as to what happened. nobody knows why. please show some respect for their family . it is none of our business the why!!!

  • kkl
    June 22, 2013 - 22:32

    People are mentioning ,this person , or her, as being well liked and respected. Weren't there 2 people involved. Yes, some people want the gross details. others just want to know what happened. Wouldn't it be better if the story was respectively reported instead of all this speculation, I'm sure the truth would be better than some of the rumors I've been hearing.

  • friend
    June 22, 2013 - 22:25

    The people who need to know, know. Anyone they wish to tell is up to them, It was an isolated incident and noone is at danger. Families and friends are grieving. It is a tragic loss. Not needed to be Island gossip and placing judgement on a human. The only one who can judge is God and they are now in his arms.

  • Bill Bose
    June 22, 2013 - 18:53

    I really get a kick out of the people who are so opposed to comments on this story. They are so disgusted that they read them all or how else would they know they are being written by "busybodies." Unfortunately, two people are dead in a burned out SUV in the woods and this being a democracy the public has a right to know what happened. Not all intimate details, but what happened and why and when. Some people want this story and comments censored. What story and comments will be next and next after that? The people who want the comments stopped are friends of the families and it is understandable they would want this. Would they feel the same way if they did not know the family? I suspect not and would think they would read those comments and maybe even post an opinion.

    • To Bill Bose
      June 24, 2013 - 08:19

      There are many articlies that the guardian blocks comments on, actually. Take the hit and run on the UPEI campus a couple of years ago, no comments allowed. Why is there a need for comments, except for people to speculate on what they think they know, what they heard at Tims or what their neighbors, sisters, dog has to say. It is sick that people can't just respect the friends and family and leave this alone. If it was any of your business, you would already know the details. This Island is filled with a bunch of gossiping nose bags.

  • Pat
    June 22, 2013 - 16:11

    Agreed, a family(s) life will never be the same again. No matter what anyone says, what is done is done, and the best thing that the Islanders of PEI can do is to stay out of it & respect the family (s) wishes. Obviously if you we were meant to know you would have been notified.

  • Donna
    June 22, 2013 - 14:05

    How can everyone keep saying that this person was very well liked and respected? Did I miss something?? I was unaware that the identity had been made public--and I do agree that they should be.

    • Anne
      June 22, 2013 - 21:57

      Again those people who were co-workers, friends, family, etc know who this is and it isn't our place to notify the public who it is. If the public have the right to know then they will at the proper time.

  • bob
    June 22, 2013 - 13:52

    I know what happened as I am friends with someone in the family.. this is very very sad.

  • Concerned from PEI
    June 22, 2013 - 12:05

    I know the families are upset but the public has a right to know what is going on. Don't forget, two people are dead, the vehicle was on fire in a remote area which leads people to believe that someone was covering up evidence by setting the vehicle on fire. It is odd the bodies were sent to Halifax as the RCMP used to do forensic autopsies on PEI so why aren't they now? Do the public need to be worried? Was it drugs related? So yes, that's why people want to know details. It's not out of disrespect for the families but for concern for their own families.

    • Nosebags
      June 22, 2013 - 14:48

      If there was a reason for the public to be concerned, the RCMP would release more info. People need to stop being so nosy. If you needed to know the details, you would already know them. How would you feel if this was your family? Would you want the whole Island prying into it in the comments sections of the Guardian? I highly doubt it. Now, maybe you should all go and tell your loved ones that you love them and be grateful that you are not affected by this tragic loss of two lives.

    • to nosebags
      June 22, 2013 - 17:08

      Why do you come to the comment section? You are free to abstain if it upsets you or any other person on here for that matter. Just do not read. This is a tragic event without question, of course people are going to talk. Talking is good. It is the judgement we could do without. Even your judgement of the people talking about it on here, we can do without. Respect is a two way street!

    • Anne
      June 22, 2013 - 22:00

      No the public does not need to be worries and no it wasn't drug related. So please don't worry for your safety. Please just respect the families involved in this tragic loss.

  • Elmsdale
    June 22, 2013 - 11:54

    Its vary sad what has happend here I feel for the family and freinds I don't no what was goin on in this persons life and Iam not Gona set here and put that person down we all have are problems and people that don't have anything nice to say should stay out of it you don't no about this persons life or what was goin on in it and the family Iam sure is haven a hard time tryen to peice it all together

    • facebook person
      June 23, 2013 - 21:30

      Doesn't take a investigator to know what is going on and what happened if you are on Facebook, so why not let the media know that the community is not in harm's way because as a parent ,we do always think of the safety of our family ....and if you happen to read the comments on Facebook , the family , friends, and co-workers are the ones talking about what happened , never seen the news until I seen status's mourning the loss of the victims practice what you preach .

  • Anne
    June 22, 2013 - 10:19

    Again I ask that people respect the families of the deceased persons. The friends and family know what happened and it isn't something that the public needs to be made aware of. The biggest thing people need to know is that no one is in danger and it was an isolated incident. It is terrible what has happened but please, please respect the family. Thank you everyone for your support in this matter. Why do people need to know more about this and such? If you are to know about it then you should be made aware of it. You obviously don't know this person so please out of respect for everyone involved, family, friends, co-workers etc please don't continue saying things need to be explained. We have lost a near and dear friend. RIP and may you be at peace!

  • Steve
    June 22, 2013 - 08:29

    The truth needs to be revealed to the public but in a respectful manner

  • Friend
    June 22, 2013 - 07:34

    I completely agree I am best friends with a few of the family members and everyone should keep their negative comments to themselves.My prayers go out to the family, loved ones and those who were involved.Love you all very much!RIP

  • peitwo
    June 22, 2013 - 06:05

    When it all comes into light, respectable people or not they were involved in something that respectable people shouldn't be. People just don't end up dead in burnt up vehicles here in pei. I feel for the families involved and hope that those involved are caught

  • Link
    June 22, 2013 - 03:48

    To all those so called no it Alls on here what business is it of yours to no all the details you never no what is going on in a persons life they could be great 1 minute and different another. Islanders are to nosie when it comes to story's like this they think they are all columbo. Out of respect for the family I'm asking the guardian to remove this story off the site immediately.

  • Summerside Caps Pride
    June 22, 2013 - 01:10

    My Heart Goes Out Too The Mourning Families & Those Who Have Departed This World May They Rest Peacefully :=(

  • bmac
    June 22, 2013 - 00:27

    Yes,this is a terrible tragedy.But talking about it is not necessarily wrong.Maybe if some truth had come to light earlier,maybe if more things WERE said,tragedies like this one could have been avoided.Otherwise we remain in the dark & stigmatic ages of the generations before us.We have GOT to learn to ask for help! And sooner than later...

  • Rm
    June 21, 2013 - 23:48

    Well the police say that the people in the jeep may be from charlettown but people on here seem to know who it is ....I don't live there now but have family there so I'm hoping its not someone I know all in all its a tragedy

  • very sad
    June 21, 2013 - 22:55

    Someone that sick + the pride of all thoes around her not to see it = tragedy

  • Jonathan Boot
    June 21, 2013 - 22:35

    So only certain people with good opinions that other certain people agree with should be allowed their say? Is that what I understand? Well actually, I agree with J. - a lot more needs to be explained.

  • J
    June 21, 2013 - 22:13

    A "very well like and respected" person was found dead with someone in a burned out Jeep 150km from home, and nothing else needs to be said? Seems to me a lot needs to be said.

  • Dj
    June 21, 2013 - 21:49

    I agree with Anne if the guardians staff and management had any heart they would block all comments or negative ones as this person was well respected and full of life. Islanders are very opinionated and sometimes say the wrong stuff. RIP my good friend

  • Friend
    June 21, 2013 - 21:36

    Please take the advise of Anne. No further comments or speculation by the police broadcast . It is a great tragedy where a family is mourning and details do not need to be made public.

    • pei
      June 21, 2013 - 23:09

      Of course details have to be made public. Are you saying because a person is respected things should be covered up? Does that mean if they are not respected it is ok to give details?

  • Shawn
    June 21, 2013 - 21:28

    Thank you I was going to write the same thing.

  • Anne
    June 21, 2013 - 21:00

    SO far there have been no comments...please don't make any as this person was very well like and respected and nothing else needs to be said. They will be missed and the family are in mourning right now as well as many of their friends. If anything the GUardian shouldn't allow anything. I am writing this hoping out of respect for her that no one will post anything.