The Canadian LGBT news site Xtra is reporting that the bodies of two young lesbians have been found in a wooded area in Orangeville, Ontario after the two apparently committed suicide.
Girlfriends Jeanine Blanchette, 21, and Chantal Dube, 17, reportedly made “goodbye” phone calls to two friends, and left goodbye letters behind for family members. The friends immediately reported the calls to police, by Blanchette’s family said didn’t take the threat seriously enough or look hard enough for the two young women, choosing to believe instead that Blanchette and Dube had run away together and would come back home before long.
Police have said autopsy reports won’t be available for several weeks, but one of Blanchette’s family members said they believe the two young women deliberately overdosed on prescription medications. The families have also said they do not believe the girls’ deaths had anything to do with their sexual orientation, according to a report in The Toronto Star.
The girls’ bodies were found by a member of Blanchette’s family. The family, frustrated over what they saw as a lack of response from police, contacted a psychic for help and then formed their own search party.
Xtra points out that these deaths come in the wake of suicides by six teenage boys in the past month who had been the victims of anti-gay bullying.