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Body in Red River missing mother's?

Not seen since tots found dead

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Emergency personnel move a body from the Red River to the riverbank near Waterfront Drive on Saturday morning.

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TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Emergency personnel move a body from the Red River to the riverbank near Waterfront Drive on Saturday morning.

POLICE recovered a body from the Red River Saturday morning near Waterfront Drive but it's not clear yet whether it belongs to a Winnipeg mother missing since her two children were found dead Wednesday.

Police were called to the waterfront near the Provencher Bridge Saturday morning at about 9:30 a.m. Emergency crews included the city's water-rescue team and the identification unit.

Many canoes and kayaks were on the river at the time, part of a paddling event. Paddlers, many of them teenagers, could be seen hugging and crying as police worked to pull the body from the water.

The body was recovered near a small dock in Stephen Juba Park, which was cordoned off by yellow police tape for much of the morning.

Winnipeg police have not yet confirmed details of the deceased person's identity.

Police have been searching for Lisa Gibson, 32, since her toddler and infant were found unresponsive in a bathtub in the family's Westwood home. It's believed she fled on foot and was wearing only pyjamas. The search has centred largely on the city's waterways, including Winnipeg police divers who combed the Assiniboine River Friday.

Police say she was the last person with the children, and is considered a "person of interest" in the case. She was recently diagnosed with postpartum depression.

Winnipeg police will be holding a news conference at 11 a.m. today to provide an update on their investigation.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2013 A3

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Updated on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM CDT: Adds news conference

9:58 AM: Corrects typo

12:36 PM: Corrects typo

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