A Manitoba man who with his son when they found the remains of a missing grandmother, Thelma Krull, last month, said she hoped the findings would bring the Krull family.
Marcel Trudeau and his son made the discovery while hunting on October 27 in a forest area near Chemin Perrin Road, east of Highway 12 and north of Highway 1, in the rural municipality of Taché, southeast of Winnipeg.
It was not far from where Trudeau lived in Ste. Anne, Man, but it's a remote area, he said. The brush is quite thick, he guessed it would prevent most people from straying from the path.
It was dark when Trudeau said his son had shot a deer, and the couple thought he would hit him. They split up to go check.
"I left in a small area and he went to another area," Trudeau said. "And then he screamed for my name. He said, & # 39; I found something. & # 39;"
They found Krull's body. They were a little scared, Trudeau said, so they left, marking the trees as they walked so they could bring the police back to the area, about 45 meters from the road.
They went to Ste. Anne's police, who called the RCMP from Steinbach, about 15 kilometers away. The RCMP heads to Trudeau's house and he takes them to the area he marked.
"We finally found it and then the RCMP called several policemen in Winnipeg, I think, and they left one of their cruisers there."
Searchers from all of Winnipeg
On Thursday, Winnipeg police confirmed a DNA test had identified the remains of Thelma Krull, who was 57 years old when she disappeared more than three years ago.
When Trudeau found out the police had identified him, he said he thought of his family.
"I only think of family … and that they will know, that they know it is themselves, and finally there is closure in everything.
Winnipeg's grandmother disappeared on July 11, 2015, after leaving her home in the Grassie Boulevard area to take a walk. He practiced climbing the West Coast Trail in British Columbia.
Police believe after Krull left his house on Saturday morning, he walked as far as the Civic Park near Kildonan East Collegiate at around 8am, where he was involved in a fight and was forcibly taken away.
Robert Krull, her husband, asked for privacy on Thursday. He said he hoped the findings would lead to justice.
After Thelma Krull disappeared, her family and friends led a search involving hundreds of people from all over Winnipeg, many of whom never knew her.
One of them is Bill McCausland. He never met Krull, but he said he felt compelled to help look for him when he saw social media posts from his daughter asking for help.
"I have learned, basically, that he is a very energetic person, very good," he said about Krull. "After all these search parties, I met some friends, now, who have united us."
McCausland said his efforts to help find Krull made him involved in the search for other missing people in Winnipeg.
"It feels like Thelma made me go looking, and during that time there were other people missing, like Christine Wood. So I have joined the search parties too," he said.
"I want to continue doing it. I just hope that many other people don't disappear."
The police asked for information
At a press conference Thursday, Winnipeg police were arrested. Wes Rommel said the place where Krull's body was found – about 50 kilometers southeast of where he was last seen in Winnipeg – was probably a familiar part of the province for his killer.
Trudeau said the area was not a place that many people visited. The closest house is about one kilometer and half, he said. You can drive there, but the road is rocky before turning into land.
"When you drive, there are lots of meadows that are nothing, and suddenly you get to areas where the forest is forested and more quiet," Rommel said on Thursday. "I think that's a very significant part."
The police also believe that the murderer Krull was familiar with the Winnipeg area where he disappeared – the person might live or work there, or have other reasons to be there.
The 2016 conference news police said they had received a tip about the possible appearance of Krull, who appeared in distress, with a man near a gas station near Kimberly Avenue and Gateway Road the morning he disappeared.
By the time they released the man's sketch, it was described as five feet, eight inches and 270 pounds with a bowl of haircut.
On Thursday, Rommel said that the suspects remained "an important part of the investigation" but the police were now considering "external possibilities".
The police asked anyone who lived in the Kebun Lembah area in July 2015 to reach investigators with whatever information they might have.
They also asked people who live around the area where Krull's body was found to contact them about something suspicious they might remember from the summer of 2015, or other information that could help investigators.
The police murder unit continues to investigate.
Anyone who is informed is asked to call the police at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).