PETIT-DE-GRAT — Another extensive search conducted by a dive team earlier this month in waters where 43-year-old Phillip Joseph Boudreau was allegedly murdered turned up no new evidence.
Boudreau's overturned 16-foot boat was found June 1 in Petit-de-Grat harbour and despite extensive ground and water searches by RCMP divers, his body was never discovered. Published reports have indicated Boudreau may have been shot as he raided lobster traps.
Sgt. Mark MacPherson, with the Richmond County District RCMP, said navy divers from the Department of National Defence were brought in to see if their advanced techniques could find any new evidence.
"They came up and searched again for anything that would afford evidence to the investigation," said MacPherson. "They utilized some advanced techniques such as a remote-operated vehicle, which is like a little sub, just looking for any evidence that would assist in the investigation and the results were negative."
Approximately 15 Department of National Defence personnel, including technicians and divers, spent two-and-a-half days on the scene, from Sept. 11-13.
Four people have been charged in connection with Boudreau's death.
Dwayne Matthew Samson, 43, of D'Escousse, is facing a charge of second-degree murder. He was released from custody last month with a host of conditions after posting a $60,000 surety. Samson is now scheduled back in court Nov. 26, when it is expected that a preliminary hearing date will be set.
Another accused, Joseph James Landry, 65, of Petit-de-Grat, also charged with second-degree murder, continues to be on remand pending an Oct. 4 bail hearing.
Craig Claude Landry, 40, of Petit-de-Grat, was previously released after posting a $50,000 surety and agreeing to abide by a host of conditions. He is scheduled to return to provincial court today to set a preliminary hearing date on the charge.
The fourth accused is Carla Ann Samson, 37, who faces a single count of being an accessory after the fact. She is the wife of Samson and the daughter of Joseph James Landry. She was released previously on a $25,000 surety and several conditions. Her preliminary hearing is set to begin Dec. 2.
Despite the fact that four people have been charged in the case, MacPherson said the investigation remains ongoing.
"There's always loose ends on every investigation," he said. "We're still doing what we can to cover off those loose ends."