A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murder of Emilie Maheu of South Glengarry.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia was located in New Brunswick and charged with First Degree Murder contrary to Section 235(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC). The accused will be transported back to Ontario where he is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.

A missing person case became a homicide investigation when the body of 26-year-old Emilie Maheu was discovered in a corn field a few days after she went missing. Maheu, the mother of a 22-month-old infant, was last seen in Alexandria on October 11. That same day, at 8:39 p.m., members of the SD&G Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to report of a missing woman from a residence on County Road 34, South Glengarry Township.

The investigation is being conducted by members of SD&G Crime Unit, supported by Forensic Identification Services (FIS), and the East Region Regional Support Team (RST), under the direction of Detective Inspector Rob Hagerman, of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). A post mortem examination was scheduled for some time this week at Ottawa General Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Detective Constable Lise Durocher at the SD&G OPP Crime Unit at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous you may call the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).