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Wolseley deaths probed

Two bodies found inside 'problem' rooming house

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The Winnipeg police homicide unit is investigating after two bodies were found inside a Wolseley rooming house Wednesday morning.

Winnipeg police said officers went to a suite inside 210 Chestnut St. and found two people believed dead at 7:50 a.m.

Police said the pair have now been confirmed dead and officers are continuing to investigate.

Investigators were still at the scene 12 hours after the gruesome discovery was made. The two bodies were wheeled out on stretchers from the front entrance of the house Wednesday evening.

A source told the Free Press a neighbour, concerned the pair hadn't been seen for several days, found the bodies when checking on them. The source said there was blood on both bodies.

Earlier, police would only confirm they were on a "medical call" after putting yellow tape around the house where the bodies were found.

Area residents say the 21/2-storey house has been troubled with late-night noise and police have been called there several times in the recent past.

"There's always stuff going on there," said George Penner. "It's just like a generally sketchy boarding house... someone will get excited and yell at the landlord... that one's a problem house."

Other than 210 Chestnut, neighbours report a generally quiet street, with few to no regular disturbances.

"It's so peaceful here, it's like any normal block," one woman said. "That this has happened, whatever happened on that place, is terrible."

Another resident said there had been a "bad smell" emanating from the house in recent days and said she had been talking with another hoping there wasn't a "body" inside.

That "bad smell" was still present in the area Wednesday night, the odour drifting into the street as police came in and out of the residence.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2013 0

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Updated on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM CDT: adds video

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