“It’s pretty sad, really that Irene Pearson is now dead 36 years. She’s been dead longer than she’s been alive.” – WPS Sgt. John O’Donovan
WINNIPEG – Investigators are hoping you can help solve a murder case dating back nearly four decades.
Real estate agent Irene Pearson, 31, was found dead in the basement of a show home in the northwest corner of the city on November 15, 1979.
She had been bludgeoned and stabbed several times in the home on Kinver Avenue, near Keewatin Street and Inkster Boulevard.
Sgt. John O’Donovan says investigators suspect she was showing the home to someone she thought was a potential client.
“The house was a show home at the time and it’s just an obvious reach for us, for lack of a better word… could someone have lured her there under that pretense? It’s very, very possible,” he said.
Police say they believe one of the last person to be in the house with Pearson was driving a red or blue newer model Plymouth Volare.
They also released a description of the suspect: white male, 22-30 years old, average height and weight with medium-length brown hair. He may have had a moustache.
Investigators hope to hear from anyone that may have helped build the home on Kinver Avenue. They have collected a number of DNA samples from inside and need to rule out those who are not the killer.
“Then we can move on and rule out samples of DNA that we do have now,” he said.
But Det. Sgt. Roger Penner says they also want to speak to anyone who was in the area that morning, almost 40 years ago, about whatever they remember.
“Perhaps it means something, perhaps it doesn’t. But I’d rather talk to somebody and rule it out that it was nonsense or that it wasn’t important, than not hear it at all,” he said.
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