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Body found in yard outside house in West End

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Police confirmed Friday afternoon that a body had been located in a yard on Simcoe Street and that the homicide unit was aware of the case. No other details were provided.

A large police presence is investigating at the site where area residents said police found a  human body wrapped in plastic.

Winnipeg Police said officers were called to 797 Simcoe Street at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Police tape surrounded the home Friday morning, and a police cruiser sat in front of the property. Plywood covered the front windows of the home.

At the back of the property, identification unit officers were at work, with a large police van parked nearby. Police tape also blocked part of the back lane.

A neighbour said a large number of officers were at the scene all night. The man, who did not want his name used, saw officials removing a six-foot long metal pan from the back of the property around 10 a.m. He couldn't see what was inside, but believes it was a body.

"With what happened on Toronto (Street), it wouldn't be that far off a coincidence," he said.

In March 2012, the body of Carolyn Sinclair was discovered in a back lane off Notre Dame Avenue and Toronto Street -- about three blocks away --  in a dumpster.  Sinclair had been missing three months.  No arrests have been made in the case.

Another neighbour, Maureen Lamoureux, said the property involved has been vacant for two or three months. She said she's noticed a "rotten" smell for approximately two months.

"This is too much for an old lady," said Lamoureux, 75.


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Updated on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM CDT: Adds more comment from neighbours.

12:09 PM: Changes photo

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