LAVAL, Que. – Police in Quebec are hunting for a convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in Laval, north of Montreal, early Tuesday.
Robert Gaudette was discovered missing during a head count at the Federal Training Centre, which is listed as both a minimum- and medium-security facility.
The Correctional Service of Canada immediately contacted the RCMP, Quebec provincial police and the local force in Laval.
Gaudette, who is 55, has been behind bars since receiving a life sentence in 2002 for the second-degree murder of his wife.
He is five-foot-11, 189 pounds with a pale complexion, green eyes and brown hair, and has a surgical scar on the abdomen.
The Correctional Service says it will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape.