Bodies found in St. Lawrence Seaway ‘likely’ missing couple, SQ says

MONTREAL – Police were stumped Wednesday as to how a young South Shore couple ended up dead, their bodies recovered from the St. Lawrence Seaway, near a salt depot and poorly lit bumpy roads and railway tracks.

Autopsies on the bodies of a woman and a man that were found in the water a few kilometres apart on Sunday and Monday, respectively, near the South Shore town of Ste. Catherine were not completed yesterday. The bodies "were most likely" those of Sabrina Goeb, 33, and her common-law husband, Christopher Nolan, 28, SšretÈ du QuÈbec Sgt. Ronald McInnis said.

GeneviËve Guilbault, a spokesperson for the Quebec coroner’s office, said dental records will be required to identify the woman’s body, while surgical records will help identify the man.

The Brossard couple were last seen about 2 a.m. on May 11 as they left a birthday party for a friend at Bistro Ste-4, a bar on Union St., less than two kilometres from the salt depot at HÈbert Blvd. and 1st Ave.

On Tuesday, SQ divers recovered Goeb’s Nissan Versa from the seaway’s shallow depths next to the salt depot. Its hatchback door was open, McInnis said. He said full autopsy and toxicology reports are expected to shed some light on how the couple died.

The car was submerged in a spot well-known by fraudsters who dump cars to get insurance money, Roussillon police Constable RenÈ Fleury said.

"Five or six cars are usually recovered from the spot each spring" to clear the passage for ship propellers, he said.

Could Goeb and Nolan have been the victims of a criminal act? Fleury said most people know they are in an industrial park when they get to the salt depot.

"It’s not a normal road," Fleury said.

"There are potholes. There’s only half the amount of street lights. You would know you are there."

He said Baillargeon Pier, right next to the salt depot, is a popular fishing spot.

"The concrete curb is only a few inches thick," he said. "It would be easy for a car to drive over it and into the water."

A page devoted to the couple on the Facebook networking website attracted nearly 1,500 members.

"My deepest condolences to both the Nolan and Goeb families, and their numerous friends," John McCormick wrote.

"I grew up with Chris way back on BrÈbeuf St. in Brossard when street hockey and Nintendo seemed to be all that mattered."

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