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A US chocolate maker and his wife have been arrested in Dominica after they were allegedly ambushed by a hitman and their bodies were found in a burned car amid row about an access road.
Daniel Langlois, 66, and Dominique Marchand, both from Quebec, were found dead inside a charred vehicle near the eco-resort they owned in Dominica on Friday.
Langlois is known as the founder of Softimage, which created 3D animations software for movies like Jurassic Park, Men in Black and Star Wars.
The couple's neighbors, Jonathan Lehrer, 57, and his wife, who own and operate chocolate makers Bois Collette Inc, are being questioned by police.
Langlois and Marchand, who ran the Coulibri Ridge Resort, were 'ambushed' by a hit man who killed them and then set their car on fire, Dominica police said.
Daniel Langlois, left, and Dominique Marchand, rightfrom Quebec, were found dead inside a charred vehicle near the eco-resort they owned on Dominica
The couple's neighbors Jonathan Lehrer, seen here, and his wife, who own and operate chocolate makers Bois Collette Inc, are being questioned by police
Dominica police said the intense fire in the car made identifying the bodies impossible
In a statement on national radio, Dominica's Minister of National Security Rayburn Blackmoore said: 'There are four persons of interest, three foreigners and one Dominican national, in police custody.
'This type of terrible and brutal crime cannot be ignored and we cannot allow those responsible to get away with it.
'The government will provide investigators with everything they need to solve this crime.'
Langlois and Lehrer had been involved in a dispute over the usage of the Morne Rouge Public Road, which passes through the chocolatier's estate.
The battle reached the island's state highest court, which ruled in 2019 that the road was public and could be freely used by Langlois' guests.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Dominica police for comment on this story.
In court documents from 2019 seen by DailyMail.com, Langlois accused Lehrer of causing interference with the unobstructed and free use of the public road' for at least four years.
On one occasion Lehrer reportedly 'blocked the road by placing boulders across the road, digging a trench across the said road, erecting metal pipes and placing equipment and supplies on the road denying the claimants and their employees access to their property'.
A local report from 2018 says a protest was staged on the road after 'a land owner from Bois Cutlette' blocked it.
Dominica News Online said: 'The residents, most of whom are employees at Petite Coulibri, have been unable to pass safely to get to work, and decided to protest the action of the land owner.'
The Daniel Langlois Foundation confirmed on Monday that Langlous and Marchard died 'in tragic circumstances'.
National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmor said: 'Crimes like this do not only hurt international relations, but this crime in particular, has sent shock waves throughout the island and left the employees, families, and communities of the victims in mourning.'
Global Affairs Canada acknowledged the deaths of two Canadian citizens on the island but has not named them.
'Canadian officials continue to monitor the situation closely, are engaging with local authorities and providing consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, no further information can be disclosed,' the office said.
Dominica police said the intense fire in the car made identifying the bodies impossible, and they are relying on 'circumstantial evidence to connect them to the missing couple'.
A protest on the contested road between the two estates can be seen in this image from 2019
Dominica local Jacqueline Dupigny told DailyMail.com the Canadian couple was beloved in the island and would be greatly missed.
She said: 'The sweetest foreigners to set foot on this island. They were exemplary stewards of the land around them and to their staff they treated them with so much respect.'
The entrepreneur sold his software company to Microsoft in 1994 for $200 million and went on to found the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Art, Sciences and Technology.
In 1997, he received a scientific and technical Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and