***UPDATE 5 (November 24th): Police need your help in locating Lise's body. Here is their latest release and a flyer... Please share...
Community Assistance in locating Lise Fredette:
While an arrest has been made in connection with the disappearance and murder of 74-year-old Lise Fredette, the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service continues to make finding Ms Fredette a priority. With the warmer temperatures over the next few days and the loss of snow we are asking residents to mobilize in order to help find Ms Fredette. We are distributing flyers in mailboxes south of the City asking people to please check their property. Anyone with any information is still asked to come forward and report to 705-876-1122 ext. 555, email to email@example.com or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. The investigation continues. Further updates will be provided when available.
Here is the flyer...
***UPDATE 4 (November 22nd): Sad news. Lise Fredette's former boyfriend, Andrew Watson, has been charged with murder Peterborough Police announced at a press conference this afternoon. Lise's body has not been found.
Watson, 76, was charged with murder and criminal harassment on Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m. He was arrested this morning. Police believe he waited for Fredette to get home from her work at Walmart on Chemong Road, attacked her at her Bensfort St. home and then killed her. Police don’t know where Watson buried her body.
More to come...
UPDATED: THE FULL POLICE RELEASE FROM TODAY...
Special Media Release for Saturday November 22, 2014
On November 13, 2014 the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service began an investigation into the disappearance of 74-year-old Lise Fredette of Bensfort Road. On that same day, Nov. 13, Fredette had not reported for work at the Chemong Road Walmart and has not been seen since.
Officers attended her residence on Bensfort Road where there was evidence of a struggle and injury in her driveway. An around-the-clock investigation began in order to find Ms Fredette.
Our investigation has led us to believe that there was a failed relationship between Ms Fredette and 76-year-old Andrew Watson, of Payne Street. On September 9, 2014 Watson was warned by the Peterborough Lakefield Police Service to have no further contact with Ms Fredette.
Through the investigation it is believed that Watson surveilled Ms Fredette and continued to have contact with her, despite her attempts to end the relationship.
Our investigation and evidence collected leads us to believe that Watson was waiting for Ms Fredette when she arrived home from work on November 12, 2014 and that he attacked her in her driveway, causing her grievous harm. We believe he drove her to a place where the ground was soft and the grass was long and yellowed and may have left her there.
We would ask that anyone in the area with property of this description take notice of tire impressions or disturbed earth. We have not recovered Ms Fredette’s purse and blue thermal lunch bag. We are asking that the public please check their property for any indications of Ms Fredette or these items that may belong to her.
As a result of the investigation on Saturday November 22, 2014 Andrew Watson, 76, of Payne Street, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and criminal harassment. He was held in custody and will appear in Weekend and Statutory Holiday Court tomorrow morning (Nov. 23).
“On behalf of Chief Murray Rodd, myself and the members of our Police Service we offer our deepest condolences and sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Lise Fredette,” says Deputy Chief of Police Tim Farquharson.
“The sworn, civilian and volunteer members of our organization have worked tirelessly to get us to this point today. We want to assure Lise's family and the community that we will continue to provide support through this difficult time,” he states.
“Over the last week and a half, we have come to know Lise’s family. Our primary goal from the outset was to find Lise and this continues to be the case,” says Detective Staff Sergeant Lynne Buehler. We will continue to work to find her and we are asking for your help.”
“We are in the beginning stages of the investigation and there is still a lot of work to do and our work will continue until we are able to bring Lise home to her family to be put to rest,” says Deputy Chief Farquharson.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service Crime Line at 705-876-1122 ext. 555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
UPDATE 3 (Nov 17th): On Sunday night, more than 100 people including family and friends were at Del Crary Park to hold a candlelight vigil and pray for Lise to be safe.
UPDATE 2 (Nov 15th): New Police Release -> Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service are continuing the search for Lise Fredette. A search and canvass team are working in the south east area of the City today. A Missing Person Bulletin is being circulated. The blue Dodge Caravan with the heavy set male driver who was seen in the area on November 12 at approximately 5 pm has not been identified yet. It is unknown what connection, if any, this vehicle has to Fredette. Fredette’s dark colored purse and blue thermal lunch bag have not been located. Police are still looking to speak with anyone who saw Lise Fredette after she left work at Walmart on Chemong Road, or who saw anything unusual in the River Road South and Bensfort Road area anytime on November 12 or 13. Anyone with information is asked to call 705-876-1122 ext 555, email to email@example.com, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.
UPDATE 1 (Nov 14th): The Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service is continuing its efforts and following up on all leads in order to locate missing person 74-year-old Lise Fredrette of Bensfort Road. The search will now include the use of a helicopter, boat and door-to-door canvassing.
Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service are currently investigating a missing person. Police are attempting to locate Lise Fredette, 74 years, of Bensfort Road. Lise Fredette was last seen at her place of work at Walmart (Chemong Road) at 8 pm on November 12. It appears she may have arrived at home as her vehicle was located in her driveway. Police are concerned for her well being and request anyone with information to call 705-876-1122 ext 555, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.
Police are looking to speak with anyone:
* Who saw Lise Fredette after she left work at Walmart
* Who saw anything unusual in the River Road South and Bensfort Road area anytime on November 12 or 13
* Who can identify a Blue Dodge Caravan, older model, with a heavy set male driver who was in the area of Bensfort Road and Maxwell Avenue at approximately 5 pm on November 12.
* It is unknown what connection, if any, this vehicle has to Fredette.