Man wanted for questioning in Linnea Veinotte case turns himself in
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Police in the small Caribbean island of Grenada said Friday that they were questioning a 26-year-old man who turned himself in after being wanted in connection with the disappearance of a New Brunswick woman.
Assistant Supt. Sylvan McIntyre of the Royal Grenada Police Force said Akim Frank of Jean Anglais in the island's capital of St. George's walked into the police station early Friday morning.
McIntyre said they believe Frank may have information about Linnea Veinotte, who was reported missing Sunday after she went for a walk with the family dog around 7 a.m.
"He's assisting us with the investigation at this point," said McIntyre, adding that he's hopeful there will be an update on Veinotte's whereabouts following the interview with Frank.
In an earlier release, police said Frank could be armed and was considered extremely dangerous.
On Thursday, police recovered a dark grey SUV about 10 to 16 kilometres from where Veinotte was last seen. Police have said a witness saw Veinotte, a 36-year-old mother of two young children, early Sunday morning with her dog Nico in the neighbourhood of L'Anse aux Epines.
Police have said witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a vehicle drive quickly away from the area.
They say officers found blood at the scene near where her dog was discovered lying on the side of the road after being struck by a car. McIntyre said they did not have information to suggest Veinotte was hit by the car as well.
They also said a black bandana, sunglasses and broken glass were found at the site.
Veinotte's father, Rev. Doug Moore, said he and his daughter had walked the same route every day in November when he and his wife were visiting.
"The roads are quite curvy there and people drive quite fast and if you're coming around a corner and you just happen to be crossing the road something could happen very easily," said Moore, who is the pastor at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fredericton.
"I'd always tell her...walk on the right side of the road and you'll see (the cars) coming."
He said his wife and another daughter travelled to Grenada earlier this week to help with Veinotte's two sons.
Moore said his daughter was in Grenada for a year two years ago and then returned to Canada, where she worked as a professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She went back to Grenada after getting a job offer at St. George's University.
"She was a learning specialist. She helped people who were having a hard time to study and get through university," Moore said.
"She liked it there."
A Facebook page dedicated to finding Veinotte says she was born in New Denmark, N.B., and has a home in Nova Scotia.