The body of a missing year-old Langford teen was discovered at Goldstream Provincial Park on Saturday evening. This comes just eight days after Andre Courtemanche left his home on Jan. Andre was last seen by his parents, Glenn and Denise Courtemanche, when he left home on Jan. Andre struggled with depression and anxiety and had expressed thoughts of hurting himself, according to his parents.
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Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to discuss the feasibility of putting barriers in place after the body of Andre Courtemanche, 16, was found Jan. Since his death, they have begun fundraising for barriers at the trestle bridge, calling for physical changes to the trestle alongside improved access to mental health resources. Brianna Turner, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Victoria, says barriers can be effective when it comes to preventing suicide in a specific location. Turner says many people who consider or attempt suicide can go on to live full, happy lives without another attempt. Victoria man Vincent Gornall joins the call for barriers and says he wishes he had done so earlier. Langford Fire Chief Chris Aubrey says rescues and recoveries at the trestle are physically and mentally challenging. ICF CEO Larry Stevenson notes that the trestle — despite being used frequently as a hiking destination — is dangerous and on private property.
Langford Fire Rescue was called out for the single vehicle crash on Feb. When crews arrived the driver was out of the vehicle and unharmed. Firefighters contained a diesel leak and disconnected power in the truck to ensure the scene was safe. Fortunately, Aubrey said, the vehicle and logs that spilled filled one lane and shoulder, leaving one lane open for northbound traffic.
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Sadly, Andre was found deceased in Goldstream Provincial Park. Foul play is not suspected.