The body of Richard Grenier was discovered in a wooded area of the St-Laurent Technoparc in 2018. His son is charged with first-degree murder.
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Jason Magder • Montreal Gazette
Jan 28, 2021 • 6 minutes ago • 2 minute read
It was a security guard working his third shift at St-Laurent’s industrial park who discovered a body on the morning of May 11, 2018.
The guard was testifying at the trial of Jérémie Fortier-Grenier, 26, who is accused of first-degree murder and committing an indecency toward the human remains of his father, Richard Grenier, 59, on May 10, 2018.
The jury heard Thursday from Nick Marois, 24, who was working his first shift alone after tagging along with agents during his two previous shifts for the firm Securitas on the night of May 10. Marois testified Thursday that he came face to face with a man in the parking lot of 2450 Marie-Curie Ave.
Marois was patrolling the Technoparc area that night, ensuring that the parking lots were empty and no one was in the buildings.
Around 9:30 p.m., Marois said he saw a man parked in the lot and standing near a white Toyota SUV with an open trunk, and drove up to him to ask why he was there. The man approached Marois’s car, standing about two feet away from the open window, with his hands behind his back, Marois told the court.
“I noticed he had a red mark on his neck and he seemed nervous, in the way he was acting,” Marois said. “I had a bad feeling. Something didn’t seem normal in the whole context (of the situation).”
Marois decided to watch the man for some time from the parking lot of a daycare across the street. He also checked on him periodically while doing his patrols over the span of an hour. He watched him drop something on the floor that appeared to be heavy, like a hockey bag. He later saw the man walking back out a wooded area adjacent to the parking lot, empty handed. At that point, Marois said the car’s position had changed, so that the trunk was facing the side of the wooded area.
As it was his first time doing his shift alone, Marois sought advice from a security agent working in the next building, and elected to approach the man to ask for identification.
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However, when he returned to the lot, sometime around 10:30 p.m., the man was leaving in the car. Marois said he watched him drive off, heading toward the Trans-Canada Highway, and took note of the licence plate.
He then tried to look into the woods using the high-beam headlights of his vehicle. He said he was scared to leave his car during the darkness of night, so he waited until morning.
About 5:30 a.m., he returned and saw what he said looked like blood on the ground in the parking lot. In the woods, he saw a construction boot and the body of a man wrapped in a carpet and covered in rocks. He called 911.
“I was calm until all the police and ambulance got there, and then I’d say I was in a nervous shock,” he said, adding that it was his last shift working for the firm.
Grenier’s body was found in the woods on the morning of May 11, 2018. Fortier-Grenier was arrested at the family chalet near Mont-Laurier later that day.