Barrie native Andrea Damude and 8-month-old son found dead in trunk of car
Andrea Damude, 37, and her eight-month-old son, Brock, were found dead in the trunk of Damude’s car on March 10 in a field near Sunderland, north of Uxbridge. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Durham Regional police have determined the death of a Barrie woman and her child was a murder-suicide.
Andrea Damude, 37, and her eight-month-old son, Brock, were found dead in the trunk of Damude’s car on March 10 in a field near Sunderland, north of Uxbridge.
The Barrie native and her infant were on their way to Barrie to celebrate Damude’s birthday and visit with family from their new home in Petawawa, but didn’t arrive on the Friday night as expected.
Police say forensic examinations have been completed on Damude and her son. Authorities say they found no evidence the pair were abducted, forced into the trunk of the vehicle and/or murdered.
“(We) believe this incident to be a tragic event with the mother willingly entering the trunk of the vehicle with the child, which is consistent with her committing suicide,” Durham Regional police homicide investigator Det. Sgt. J.J. Allan said in a news release issued Friday.
The bodies of Damude and her son were found when Sunderland residents noticed a white car parked in a farmer’s field on March 10 and called police.
They were found in the trunk of her white 2003 Ford Taurus.
At the time of her death, friends had said Damude was a doting mother and wouldn’t harm the baby. But several friends also noted that she had been suffering through many sleepless nights since he was born, and was feeling homesick from her friends and family, all of whom were located in Barrie.
Damude’s husband, Brett, had followed his wife and son to the highway as he was on the way to visit his parents in the Strathroy area, west of London.
According to a media source in Strathroy, Brett was a private in the army who had done a tour in Afghanistan four years ago. As a transport driver for the Canadian Forces, Damude survived hitting an improvised explosive device, and temperatures that soared up into the 50 Celsius.
Based originally at CFB Borden, Brett was posted two years ago to CFB Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa.