The Ontario Provincial Police have identified the victim of a homicide in Eganville last week as 48-year-old Lisa Sharpe.
Sharpe’s body was found in her house on Maple Street after police received a 911 call to the address at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 25.
The next day, police issued a wanted alert for Trey Gagnon, 18, and said he could be driving a black Honda Civic. He was arrested later that day and charged with second-degree murder.
Police confirmed Monday that Gagnon was Sharpe’s son, but would not provide any more details about where and how he was arrested. He was scheduled to appear in court in Pembroke on Monday.
Sharpe had worked for decades at the Ketcha Star Daycare in Eganville, just a few hundred metres from the house where her body was found. Sharpe, who was divorced, lived in the house with Trey, and her other son, 15.
The daycare posted a notice on its Facebook page mourning Sharpe and saying it would remain closed until Feb. 3.
“We have lost not only a co-worker, but also a friend and beautiful soul. Lisa had a heart of gold and would light up the room with her contagious smile. She was not only a friend, but also a mother, a daughter, an aunt, and a sister,” the post said.
“Lisa was an early childhood educator for 25 years and touched the lives of so many children, families, staff, and the entire community as a whole. She also worked as a receptionist and interacted with so many others.
“Lisa certainly carried the weight of the world on her shoulders and despite these struggles she was able to be strong in front of the people and young children who were with her daily. Lisa was such an advocate for mental health and wellbeing. She worked tirelessly and exhausted every avenue to get her family the help they needed.
“At this time we are asking for your patience as we work through our grief and remember Lisa. We appreciate the overwhelming support from our community.
“In honour of Lisa, we will continue to strive to carry on Lisa’s mission of advocating for mental health supports and to hopefully make change so that the system doesn’t fail another family.”
The post drew comments from many in the community. One mother remembered Sharpe “as an amazing individual” who was “patient and kind hearted and just so sweet.” Another wrote, “She had a beautiful way of making everyone feel welcome and cared for.”
The homicide remains under investigation by the OPP Renfrew County crime unit, with the help of the OPP Forensic Identification Unit, the coroner’s office and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Services.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Killaloe OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be given anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.