MONTREAL - The Quebec coroner's office announced Thursday that it has identified the body of four-year-old Alyssa Charest Begnoche, who died in the July 6 Lac-Megantic train disaster.
Begnoche was the 39th identified person out of the 42 bodies that provincial police officers recovered from the rubble of the train wreck in Lac-Megantic's downtown. The train derailment killed 47 people.
It could take months before Begnoche's body is returned to her family. As of mid-August only 10 bodies had been released.
The coroner's office said it will return the majority of the bodies by Christmas. Identified bodies are kept to aid in the process of identifying others, the office explained.
"The task is very complex," coroner's office spokeswoman Genevieve Guilbault said. However, she said that when a body is ready to be released, "the family is informed within 15 minutes."
Provincial police said in early August that they stopped searching for bodies.
"We are certain that we did everything we could (to find the five missing bodies,)" Lt. Guy Lapointe said on Aug. 1.