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Missing St. Vital man found slain

Two men arrested in Calgary, charged with first-degree murder in city's second homicide

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Winnipeg's second slaying victim of the year is a 20-year-old man who was reported missing a month ago by his St. Vital family.

Winnipeg police reported recovering the body of Trevor Wiebe yesterday near Ste. Agathe in what may have been a drug-related killing.

Two men who became suspects during the investigation into Wiebe's disappearance were arrested in Calgary on Feb. 5 and returned to Winnipeg, where they were both charged with first-degree murder, police said yesterday.

The two are Anthony Wade Pulsifer, 21, and Chad Evan Handsor, 19, both of whom had no fixed address, police said. However, a Winnipeg man who identified himself as Pulsifer's grandfather, said in a brief telephone interview that his grandson was a lifelong city resident.

Winnipeg police Duty Insp. Gord Schumacher said there were indications that the two suspects had drug connections.

Wiebe pleaded guilty to a minor drug-related charge last fall.

The cause of Wiebe's death was not released. Police would only confirm last night that an autopsy is pending.

Family of the young man, who was known by relatives and neighbours by the nickname T.J., declined to comment yesterday.

Wiebe was last seen Jan. 5 going out with friends for the evening.

Police only made a public appeal for information in the disappearance on Jan. 24, nearly three weeks after the family first reported Wiebe was missing.

Police said at the time that Wiebe lived with his parents at their home in south Winnipeg.

The father of the murder victim appeared shaken when approached by a reporter and a photographer last night.

"This is a horrible thing," Floyd Wiebe said, appealing for privacy for his family.

Neighbours expressed shock last night.

"Oh, my God, I didn't know," said one neighbour who lives on the same St. Vital street as the Wiebes.

The neighbour said it struck her as odd that the family had not said anything about the son's disappearance.

"Nobody has even mentioned it, and I've seen them on the street," said the neighbour, who lives across the street from the Wiebe home.

Members of another family on the street recalled Wiebe because their daughter used to chum around with his younger brother.

The daughter, Christine Fontaine, said last night she lost touch with the younger brother, but remembered Trevor Wiebe.

The family was memorable because Wiebe's younger brother and sister are twins, neighbours said last night.

"I used to see them, the kids, going up and down the street all the time," said one neighbour who recalled the slain man as "a nice kid."

The Wiebe children grew up on the same St. Vital street where the family lives today.

"They were good kids. He had a brother and sister and I'd see them playing on the street. They'd have friends over and they'd be playing basketball on the driveway," said the neighbour.

One summer, the entire family worked on renovating their home, and often on weekends they'd leave for the lake.

"They seemed like a close family," the neighbour said.

Court documents listed Wiebe as a student.

Last Oct. 29, Wiebe pleaded guilty in provincial court to possession of LSD and was given a $300 fine. A charge of possessing Tylenol 3 was stayed.

Police issued a Canada-wide warrant for the two suspects in Wiebe's disappearance on Feb. 3.

Two days later, Winnipeg homicide officers boarded a plane for Calgary and, with the assistance of the Calgary Police Service, arrested two men.

The men were returned to Winnipeg.

At 10:20 yesterday morning, police located the body in an area they would only describe as "rural," near Ste. Agathe.

Both accused remain in custody.

alexandra.paul@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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