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Body pulled from Sturgeon Creek

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WINNIPEG -- A body was pulled from the swollen waters of Sturgeon Creek in the Woodhaven Park area this afternoon.

Winnipeg Police said that members of the dive unit found the male body at about 3 p.m. It’s believed the body is the same individual seen by a witness early Tuesday afternoon struggling in the creek in the park area.

Earlier today, Winnipeg Police released copies of two photographs found inside a backpack pulled from Sturgeon Creek Tuesday afternoon. It’s believed the backpack belonged to a young teen seen by a witness struggling in the fast-moving waters of the creek in Woodhaven Park, south of Portage Avenue and west of Moray Street.

After the body was pulled from the creek, police asked the media to stop publishing the photos while they worked to identify the body.

Police said a witness described the teen in the water as having a dark complexion, short black hair and wearing a red jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately at 986-2841 or 986-6222.

The incident is a mystery. While there were a group of high school students doing field work at the park, only one of them saw the teen in the water. Police said there have been no reports of a missing person that could be the teen in the river. 

The search was prompted by a youth who claimed he saw a teenaged boy floating in the fast-moving creek. Other witnesses said a group of high school students had been in the park.

When the group left in their vehicles, the lead vehicle stopped as it was crossing the bridge on Woodhaven Boulevard and a student jumped out and waded into the water.

"All I saw was a baseball cap floating in the water," one student said. "I threw in a (life preserver) but I never saw anyone."

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca
 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 4, 2011 ??65535

History

Updated on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM CDT: Updates with police comment.

4:10 PM: Body found; adds photos.

4:36 PM: Removed photos.

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