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RCMP Identify Human Remains of Portage la Prairie Homicide Victim

July 20, 2020 3:59 PM | News

Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe

Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe (RCMP HANDOUT)

Manitoba RCMP have identified the remains of a homicide victim found in Portage la Prairie last month.

Police say the remains were discovered the evening of June 24 near Baker Street.

Two separate public pleas were made to help identify the remains based on physical descriptions.

Police say as a result of the plea made on July 15, investigators have confirmed the identity of the man to be Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, 27, from the Steinbach area.

Reimer-Wiebe, who also goes by the first name George, was living in Winnipeg and was known to frequent homeless shelters within the city.

RCMP have released his image in the hopes that someone recognizes him and can provide information on his activities between May 15 and June 20, 2020.

Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts between those dates is asked to call RCMP at (431) 489-8551.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 21 — RCMP have identified a location of interest on Alfred Avenue in Winnipeg that may be linked to this homicide. The residence, which has since been demolished for safety reasons, was reported to be on fire on June 20, 2020.

Officers will be on Alfred Avenue throughout the next three days in an effort to further the investigation. Alfred Avenue, between Salter Street and Aikins Street, will be closed to traffic except for local residents during this time.