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Marc Gauthier

Val-d'Or, Québec / September 1, 2002

At about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 a local resident on an all-terrain vehicle was driving to work along Lac Blouin's Rotary Beach when he discovered a parked Val d'Or taxi. The driver, 31-year-old Marc Gauthier, was sitting behind the wheel. He had been shot to death by a bullet to the head.

Mr. Gauthier was last heard from earlier Sunday morning when he told his dispatcher that he was taking a passenger to Lac Blouin. When nothing more was heard of him the dispatcher reported him missing.

No murder weapon was found and press coverage was minimal even in local papers.

This case was not recorded as a taxi driver homicide by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics in 2002 (occupational homicides have been recorded in the annual "Homicide in Canada" issue of the Centre's Juristat newsletter since 1991. See Data Sources).

The fact that Mr. Gauthier was killed in a remote area and found inside his taxi indicates that the killer had a means of transportation away from the murder scene. This in turn suggests that the murder was planned and that Mr. Gauthier was targetted for personal reasons.

The case was still unsolved in 2009 when Jimmy Bégin, another Val-d"0r taxi driver was shot to death in his cab.