A coroner has ruled the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in Alberta’s northern province last summer was not a homicide and no-one else died in the incident.
The inquest heard Ms. Gaudreau was last seen on June 14 in the northern Alberta town of Lac-Megantic, where she lived with her parents.
She had been missing since June 13, when her parents were home from their trip to China.
Her body was discovered the next day, by a passerby who had found a suitcase, the inquest heard.
The coroner said there was no evidence the body had been tampered with.
The case was referred to Alberta’s Independent Investigations Office for investigation, which has now concluded.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the findings were disappointing and will be looked at again by her government.
She said it’s clear the investigation has uncovered no evidence that the body was tampered.
“I’m not satisfied, but it’s still too early to be absolutely certain,” she said.
Alberta coroner Stephen McConville ruled the case was not ruled a homicide.
He said a forensic examination of the suitcase did not reveal any evidence of a struggle.
“It would have been difficult to believe someone would have removed it and left the contents there,” Mr. McConvill said.
“But the suitcase was clearly there and was discovered by the passing pedestrian who then reported it to the police.”
The Crown is recommending Ms. Clements not face any charges in the case.
Ms. Lac-Miguel said her family is devastated by the decision.
“We’re really just devastated for our beautiful little girl,” she told reporters outside the courtroom.
Ms Clements’ father, Michael, said he was devastated by his daughter’s death.
“To have it dismissed is just a disgrace,” he said.
A spokesperson for Alberta Health Services said the health authority has not received the findings of the coronavirus autopsy.
“In the absence of such findings, a report on the cause of death is not available to the public.”