WINNIPEG – One year ago, Thelma Krull went out for her morning walk as usual. But she never came home.
For the first time today, police raised the possibility she may have been abducted.
Police now believe Krull was in the area of Civic Park at London and Kimberly near Kildonan East Collegiate at 8 am on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
Sgt. Wes Rommel says that based on the evidence collected at the scene, they believe one of two things may have happened to Krull.
“We believe there are two means or causes of distress.One potentially is a medical condition, second is possibly an encounter with an unknown person.”
Offiers recovered her cell phone and glasses from that area.
Now, police are asking people who may have been in or around Civic Park at that time to contact them.
They are asking for information on another woman seen walking in the area near the area Krull was last seen. They are hoping to identify and speak to her.
Satellite images identify locations at or near Civic park also where a male and female were seen the morning Krull disappeared. They are both described as white and in their 30’s.
Krull is 5’4”, 170 pounds. A the time of her disappearance, she had short dyed blonde hair with a purple streak and was wearing black Capri pants, a reddish-orange shirt, hiking boots and glasses.
More than 240 tips from the public have came in to police, but they say more information is still needed.
“We have a lot of persons we are talking to,” said Rommel, “We have work to do and this is why we are here.”
An event is being planned tonight to remember her. It is taking place at 8:30 at Kimberley Hall.
Missing Persons Unit Wishes They Could Provide Closure
Unfortunately, Thelma Krull’s family is not the only one in Winnipeg having to wonder where a loved one is. Not even close.
As of today, there are 156 missing persons cases in our city.
“For short term files, we have 82 youths and 22 adults missing,” explains Shaunna Neufeld, head of the Missing Persons Unit. “We have 52 long-term files that are from throughout the years.”
Neufeld says roughly 98 per cent of cases get solved, but those that don’t stick with the officers.
“There’s nothing more heart-wrenching for our members than not to be able to give a family answers. We care. We understand how hard it is for families, when missing a loved one, to contend with those unknowns, and how much that can weigh on their lives.”
Investigators on the Krull case say that case is “extremely unique.”