WINNIPEG – Missing Winnipeg grandmother, Thelma Krull, may have last been seen with a man before disappearing more than 15 months ago.
That’s the latest from Winnipeg Police who held an update into the investigation on Wednesday morning.
Officers received a tip on July 11, 2016 that a woman with a similar description of Krull was seen with a man on Kimberley Avenue and Gateway Road on the day she disappeared.
The man is described as indigenous in appearance, approximately 5’8″, 270 pounds, with a bowl style haircut.
In July 2016, Winnipeg police sent out a release saying it was a possibility Krull had been abducted. They believe this information sparked the news tip.
“We have new information that was triggered as a result of a news release in July 2016,” said Winnipeg Police Service Const. Jason Michalyshen. “By bringing this information forward today, investigators are confident that we’re one step closer to the resolution that we want.”
Krull left her home for her regular morning walk July 11, 2015 and never returned.
A pair of Krull’s glasses were found on the grounds of Valley Gardens Community Centre four days after she went missing. Police also found her cellphone.
“Shortly after arriving, Thelma experienced some kind of distress,” Sgt. Wes Rommel said in July at a media conference. “It is our belief that this distress was the result of either a medical situation she experienced or an encounter or ultimate abduction by an unknown individual.”
“The fact that her glasses remain as well as her cell phone is one of the pieces we have to indicate distress,” Rommel said.
Police said they have received a lot of tips during the last year regarding Krull’s disappearance, but more information is needed.
Homicide investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding the sighting. You can contact police at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).