Friends hope to continue Noelle Paquette's legacy
Published Friday, January 4, 2013 12:25PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4:54PM EST
Two Sarnia residents have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Noelle Paquette.
Paquette, a teacher in Sarnia, went missing after a New Year’s Eve party in Sarnia.
Dozens of volunteers aided police in a search for the University of Ottawa graduate. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences at the university.
Wednesday morning, Lambton County OPP were called after a body was discovered in a woodlot on Mandaumin Road, in a rural area southeast of Sarnia.
The body was identified as that of Paquette on Thursday, and police said the death was considered suspicious.
Late Thursday afternoon, police arrested 31-year-old Tanya Bogdanovich and 19-year-old Michael MacGregor in London.
The two were scheduled to appear in a Sarnia court Friday afternoon.
An autopsy began Thursday and is expected to continue today in London.
Ottawa resident Kyle Braatz met Paquette while attending the University of Ottawa. They quickly became best friends.
"We had a really close relationship. I would consider her the sister I never had," said Braatz."She was the one friend that if anything was wrong, you'd call her if you want to laugh, because that's instantly what she would bring to us."
Paquette recently taught a kindergarten class in Sarnia.Friends say she was born to be a teacher.
"She was the type of teacher that would bring two lunches to ensure that every student had food. She was the one who went above and beyond because she truly cared."
Friends have set up a website in her memory. You can help support her legacy by giving to a child in need at http://www.noellesgift.ca/
Sarnia Police Service and Lambton County OPP will continue to work together on the investigation.
A dedicated tip line has been set up and the OPP is asking for anyone with information to please call 855-835-5677
Noelle Paquette, 27, is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the Sarnia Police Service.