Police asking public to help identify jewelry linked to 2019 double homicide

Patrick D Costa

The New Brunswick RCMP Major Crime Unit is asking for the public’s help to identify a charm bracelet and a man’s gold chain that may be linked to the 2019 homicides of Rose-Marie and Bernard Saulnier.

The bodies of 78-year-old Bernard Saulnier and 74-year-old Rose-Marie Saulnier were found in their home on Amirault Street on September 7. Since that time, the RCMP has worked diligently on many investigational leads, including several based on information brought forward through tips from the public.

On May 19, 2020, the Keswick RCMP detachment were called to investigate a suspicious fire at a home on Route 635 in Lake George. Based on the initial investigation of the scene, a search warrant was obtained, which led to the seizure of significant amounts of drugs and firearms. During the search of the property, police also found the remains of a fire pit. Several items were recovered from the fire pit area, including a woman’s charm bracelet.

“Based on developments in our investigation, we have reasons to believe it belonged to Rose-Marie Saulnier,” says Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. “We have spoken to her family about it. We are now appealing to the wider public to help us conclusively confirm it was hers in order to support the investigation.”

The bracelet is described as a gold chain link, 18.5 centimetres long (7.28″). It has seven charms attached:

  • Silver heart, cross and anchor
  • Winnipeg/Fort Gary Gate
  • “Mayan”
  • “Hawaii”
  • Niagara Falls
  • Hockey goaltender
  • “Thank You”

“The bracelet is a deeply personal and unique item. We want to talk to anyone who may be able to help us confirm it belonged to Rose-Marie Saulnier,” says Cpl. Ouellette. “That could be anyone who remembers her wearing it, anyone who has information about the charms, even jewelry stores that might have purchase records. If you have information that could assist the investigation, please contact police right away.”

Through the course of the investigation, police also identified a man’s gold link chain. Investigators have reason to believe it may have belonged to Bernard Saulnier. They are also seeking anyone who may be able to positively confirm that he owned it.

“This is a very active investigation, and we anticipate there will be further developments soon,” says Cpl. Ouellette. “We want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to bring those responsible for this devastating crime to justice. We appreciate your continued support.”

The investigation is continuing.

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