Wife-killer escapes from Quebec prison

The Sûreté du Québec is asking the public's help to locate Robert Gaudette, 55, who escaped from...

The Sûreté du Québec is asking the public's help to locate Robert Gaudette, 55, who escaped from Montée Saint-François prison in Laval, Que. . The man had left the detention facility minimum security on the night of 28 to 29 July 2014. PHOTO COURTESY / SAFETY OF QUEBEC

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

MONTREAL — A convicted wife-killer who was serving a life sentence escaped from Montee-Saint-Francois prison in Laval, Que., Tuesday.

Prison guards were conducting a morning head count at the medium-security prison northwest of Montreal and realized Robert Gaudette, 55, was missing.

"He had been present at the previous head count at 2 a.m.," Correctional Service of Canada spokesman Jean-Yves Roy said.

Roy wasn't able to provide details about Gaudette's prison break, but said an investigation is underway.

Gaudette was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for strangling his wife Cindy Bouchard two years earlier.

He killed her after returning from a softball game and threw her body in the garbage. Her body was found in a garbage truck three days later.

The RCMP, Quebec provincial police and local officers in Laval are searching for Gaudette.

He's described as white, 5-foot 11 and 189 lbs. He has a fair complexion with green eyes and light brown hair, as well as a surgical scar on his abdomen.


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