Woman Found in Submerged Car Identified; She Was Involved in Former High Profile Case Involving Plot to Kill Prominent Eureka Family
Earlier this month, a man fishing from a boat discovered the vehicle Primeau had been driving on its roof about six feet under the surface of the water. The vehicle was recovered with Primeau at the wheel. Ward said that her office believes the crash happened either on July 7 or 8 because the victim, Colette Primeau, was in Redding on July 7.
According to Lynn Ward spokesperson for the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, “The victim of this crash was identified via dental records…The cause of death has been determined as drowning,” Ward explained.
While Primeau is listed as a transient according to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, her Facebook states she lives in Eureka and previously attended Eureka High School.
Primeau testified in 2008 that her father had plotted to kill members of the Barnum family. According to a Time Standard article,
“We made a blood oath to kill the Barnums,” [Robert] Primeau’s daughter, Collette Primeau, 23, testified at her father’s preliminary hearing. “We all cut on our thumb and the three of us swore together to keep it between the three of us because if we didn’t, we’d be dead.”
“When you said, ‘we’d be dead,’ who specifically?” Deputy District Attorney Allan Dollison asked.
“My brother and I,” Collette Primeau replied.
“Who said you’d be dead?” Dollison asked.
“My father,” Collette Primeau answered.
Robert Primeau eventually pled guilty to charges of striking his then wife with a hammer in exchange for soliciting murder charges relating to the Barnum’s being dropped.
Colette Primeau expressed unhappiness with the lightness of her father’s sentence.