Human remains found in August on Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation belong to a Winnipeg man reported missing earlier that same month, Manitoba RCMP revealed yesterday in an investigation update.
Supt. Michael Koppang, officer in charge of RCMP Major Crime Services, said the remains are those of 56-year-old Bud Paul.
Paul was reported missing to the Winnipeg Police Service on Aug. 7. He was last seen Aug. 1 in the company of two individuals at the Neepawa Liquor Mart. RCMP previously surmised the three then travelled to Dauphin.
On Aug. 10, Paul’s vehicle, a red Chevrolet Trax, was found burned on Queen Street in Winnipeg.
The following day, hunters discovered Paul’s remains in Roseau River. His manner of death was not disclosed by police.
On Tuesday, RCMP investigators returned to the First Nation to comb the scene for more evidence.
Koppang said those responsible for Paul’s murder continued to use his cell phone and access his bank account after his death.
A man captured on video surveillance parking Paul’s vehicle just before it was burned also discarded evidence in a nearby garbage bin.
Koppang said police now want to identify and interview a woman present when the vehicle was parked.
RCMP previously said the man and woman took a taxi after abandoning the vehicle.
Manitoba RCMP ask anyone with information on the identity of the woman, or with knowledge of Paul’s whereabouts between Aug. 1 and Aug. 10, to call a tip line at 431-489-8551.