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Quebec Amber Alert Ends After 6 Year Old Found Safe

The boy's mother was found dead in a home.

09/15/2017 16:07 EDT | Updated 09/16/2017 16:40 EDT

MONTREAL — A six-year-old boy who had gone missing along with his father after the child's mother was found dead in Quebec has been found safe in Ontario, police said Friday.

The boy, who had been the subject of an Amber Alert, was found Friday at about 5 p.m. in Griffith, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa, Quebec provincial police said.

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Quebec provincial police officers check a for evidence in Lachute, Que. on Sept. 15 , 2017.

"We had an end that everyone hoped for," Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Martine Asselin told reporters moments after the child was found.

Carolle Dionne, spokeswoman for Ontario's provincial police, said officers on the ground aided by a helicopter were able to stop the vehicle.

Dionne said officers stopped the car southwest of Renfrew, Ont., on Highway 41, which passes through Griffith, Ont.

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Police forensic investigators enter a home in Saint-Eustache, Que. on Sept. 15, 2017.

The OPP said in a release late Friday night that officers deployed a spike belt to stop the vehicle and that the father was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

The release said the boy was found in the vehicle in good physical health and had been placed in the care of child services.

It also said his father was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing Saturday on unspecified charges, and that the investigation was ongoing in conjunction with the Surete du Quebec.

The boy's mother was found dead Thursday night in a home in Saint-Eustache, Que., north of Montreal.

Police say the woman had four children, including three before her relationship with the suspect.

Asselin said the car in which the boy was found in was previously used by a 71-year-old man who was reported missing.

She said police were asking the public for help in finding Yvon Lacasse, who they believe could have been dropped off somewhere by the suspect.

— With files from Sidhartha Banerjee, Giuseppe Valiante and Stephanie Marin

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