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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Dec. 14)
Orléans man charged with first degree murder after body found near Calabogie
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

An Orléans man is facing a first degree murder charge in connection with the death of a Barrhaven resident whose body was found near Calabogie on Nov. 11.

Adam Picard, 29, was arrested at the East Division police station on Wednesday after he was asked to come to the station on to pick up a lost cell phone.

He was formally charged with the murder of Fouad Nayel via video link from his cell at the Regional Detention Centre on Thursday while Nayel's mother sat sobbing in the courtroom.

The 28-year-old construction worker disappeared on or about June 27. He had told family members that he was going to Petawawa but would be home in time for his family's traditional Father's Day Chinese dinner. His body was found by hunters in a wooded area near Calabogie on Nov. 11.

After her son's disappearance, Nicole Nayel obtained his phone records and discovered that Picard had called him five times the last day the phone was used. When she asked Picard about it, he said that he had only called Faiuad once.

She later met with him at a local Tim Horton's to ask him directly if he knew anything about her son's disappearance. Picard said that he had called Fouad to see if he wanted to go zip-lining, contradicting his earlier statement to Nayel that the two never made plans to meet.

Nayer told the police about the phone records, but until Fouad's body was found he was simply listed as a missing person.

Picrad's lawyer, Sean May, said his client was "shocked" when he foun out he was being chaged for Fooad's murder and is anxiously waiting to see what the evidence is against him.

Originally from Thunder Bay, Picard served in the military in Afghanistan and is currently enrolled at the Cordon Bleu culinary school in Ottawa. He has no criminal record, save for a few speeding tickets.

Picard's girlfriend and father were in the courtroom for his video appearance. He was ordered not to have contact with 21 people, including members of the Nayel family and several members of his own family.

Picard's next appearance in court is scheduled for Dec. 20.

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