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Police seek public's help in solving homicide

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WINNIPEG — As a window of suspicion widens, Winnipeg police are turning to the public for help solving the killing of Elizabeth Lafantaisie.

Police now believe that someone took the victim’s blue-grey 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix to a car wash between Friday, Feb. 18 and Tuesday, Feb. 22, and washed the sedan. They want to know who that person was.

The vehicle, which appeared freshly washed, was found parked on Lewis Street near River Avenue last Thursday night, six days after the quiet grandmother was reported missing from her Fort Garry apartment.

Lafantaisie’s body was discovered in the trunk.

After the discovery, police appealed to the public, looking for anyone who may have seen someone taking the vehicle through a car wash on Feb. 18. Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen suggested someone noticed a car being washed by someone who was "anxious, maybe somewhat emotional, maybe rushed in some fashion, just something not quite right."

On Sunday, they expanded the time-frame, suggesting that the car may have been washed between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22.

Police are also hoping that someone in the densely-populated Osborne Village neighbourhood may be able to report the date or time that the vehicle was parked on Lewis Street, or may have seen individuals connected to the vehicle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call investigators are 986-6508, or CrimeStoppers at 786-8477.

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