The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has found "elements of interest" in the case of two missing girls that were found dead in a forest in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec. After the tragic death of Romy and Norah Carpentier, police are still on the hunt for the father, Martin Carpentier.

The SQ would not "reveal the nature of these elements" at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 

Our staff is deployed in the area where the young girls have been found, where elements of interest have been found. 

Sûreté du Québec

On Friday, a province-wide amber alert went out for the two missing girls, kicking off a search that unfortunately ended in tragedy. 

Premier François Legault wrote on Twitter that the loss of two children, "the most precious thing in life," is "incomprehensible."

Via Sûreté du Québec on Twitter

The SQ notified the public of its search for Carpentier on July 11.

"The suspect was allegedly involved in a collision on July 8 on Highway 20 East at km 288 in Saint-Apollinaire," police wrote in a statement at the time.

"Moments before the collision, he was with the two girls."

The SQ asks anyone who spots Carpentier "not to attempt to intervene and to call 911."

Moreover, "any information that could lead to his whereabouts can be communicated, in confidence, to the Sûreté du Québec's Criminal Information Centre at 1-800-659-4264."

The provincial police force has posted regular Twitter updates on the search, writing on July 12 that it "will deploy all necessary resources in this regard."

"Whether it's foot patrol vessels, ATVs, dog handlers, helicopters, drones or the equestrian team, the Sûreté deploys these personnel based on our investigative strategy and certain environmental factors, such as weather conditions," it elaborated.

Police also ask that members of the public "stay away" from the search perimeter.

"We understand the goodwill of the people, but being too close to the scene hinders the search," it wrote Sunday.

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