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Missing girl identified as body pulled from river

Winnipeg Free Press

Police have identified a female body found Sunday in the Red River by the Alexander Docks as a 15-year-old who ran away from care.


Tina Fontaine was reported missing August 9, after being last seen downtown August 8. Police say they found her body wrapped in a way that she couldn't have done herself, indicating she was dead before she was in the river.

Fontaine had been in care with Child and Family Services in Winnipeg for a month before she went missing, police confirmed. They suspected she had run away from care, as she has previously run away from home a couple of times.

Police are investigating Fontaine's death as a homicide, and asking the public for any information related to her disappearance.

Fontaine's body was found Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said police pulled a tightly wrapped bundle out of the river at the Alexander Docks Sunday.

A man and his 12-year-old son had found the body around 1:30 p.m. that day. The man and his son were seen making a phone call, then leaving the scene.

Police confirmed later Sunday the discovery of the woman’s body was being treated as a homicide.

Police dive teams have been searching the river since Friday, looking for a man who was seen in distress in the water.

An off-duty police officer spotted the man in the water, and flagged down a water taxi to go to the man.

Al Smith, 65, the captain of the taxi, suffered a massive coronary as he threw a flotation ring to the man. Smith was taken to hospital, and was in intensive care Sunday afternoon.

Another body, found later Sunday afternoon in the river near Kildonan park, was confirmed by police to be that of the man Smith tried to save. Family has not yet been informed of his death, and as the incident is not being looked at as suspicious, police said they will probably not be releasing his identity to the public.

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