WINNIPEG – Updated – On October 27, 2018, a hunter in a remote area in the Rural Municipality of Tache reported the discovery of potential human remains. An investigation was undertaken, initially by the Steinbach Detachment of the RCMP, and eventually including RCMP Forensic Services and the Major Crimes Unit.
The remains have now been positively identified as those of Thelma Krull. They were located in a wooded area near the intersection of Municipal Rd 52 N. and Chemin Perin Rd. (East of Hwy 12 and North of Hwy 1).
Thelma was last seen July 11, 2015, in the East Kildonan area near Valley Gardens. Investigators believe she was involved in a physical altercation and forcibly removed from the area. Investigators also believe the suspect was familiar with this area and may live, work or is somehow connected to this location and had a reason to be there.
The Winnipeg Police Service is again asking members of the Public, specifically those who lived in the Valley Gardens area in July of 2015 to review the details of this release and report any suspicions or information they may have. Additionally, investigators are asking that people who live in and around the location in Tache where Thelma was found, to report anything suspicious they may recall from the summer of 2015, or any information they may believe could assist.
The investigation into Thelma Krull’s murder is continuing by members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit. They can be contacted at 204-986-6508, or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477) if they wish to remain anonymous.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank RCMP D Division and specifically the Steinbach Detachment, Forensic Services, and the Major Crimes Unit for their assistance.
Winnipeg Police also shared on their social media channel that a Winnipeg media outlet had posted pictures of the remains in the story. Police Services often find individuals posting images or comments on social media which can be harmful. It is rare for professional media to do that.
At our media conference on Thelma Krull, we asked the media to be respectful of her family. @globalwinnipeg chose to post an image of her remains. This image was cruel & served no purpose & we asked them to remove it, however, Global has still not done so
— Winnipeg Police (@wpgpolice) November 29, 2018
Global News in Winnipeg has responded, on Twitter, “The image is relevant to the story as it shows the state of the remains and the conditions in which they were found”.
NetNewsLedger posted on the responsibility of media to report with respect. We also reported on the responsibility of media in keeping the balance between what the public needs to know and respecting the police and the public.