Winnipeg police pull woman's body from Red River

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Family members are asking for help from the public after a body of a woman was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police say they have recovered the body of a woman from the Red River.

"She had a very big and kind heart", Dubery said.

Officers responded to the river bank in the 600 block of Kildonan Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

"The cause of death is unconfirmed and an autopsy is pending", a police press release notes. She was last seen at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre, they said.

In a Facebook post, MLA NDP Nahanni Fontaine says the body is that of April Carpenter.

Police say their underwater search and rescue team found the woman's body Wednesday.

Dubery said family and friends are convinced something prevented April from reaching out to her family, noting she was typically in constant contact with her mom and sister.

Dubery described Carpenter, an Indigenous woman with light brown hair cut at her shoulders and noticeable dimples, as caring and hopeful.

Billy Dubery holds up a missing poster with photos of April Carpenter.

"She loved children, she wanted to be a social worker", said Carolyn.

Carpenter lived on her own in the West End, said Dubery, and was working to finish her high school education at the time she went missing.

Carpenter was living alone at the time of her disappearance, but was often in contact with her mother, Carolyn Carpenter, and her sister, Cheryl Carpenter.

Police said no further information was available and the investigation is continuing.

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