A body pulled from the Red River Sunday afternoon has been identified as 15-year-old missing teen Tina Fontaine.
Fontaine’s body was discovered wrapped in a bag in the area of the Alexander Docks and police say all evidence points that her body was dumped there by someone.
“This is the homicide of a little girl, as you can see from the pictures she is a petite little thing who just turned 15 years old,” said Sgt. John O’Donovan, of Winnipeg’s homicide unit. “She’s definitely been exploited and taken advantage of and murdered and put into the river in this condition.”
Fontaine had recently come under the care of Child and Family Services and had been living in Winnipeg for less than a month before her death.
An autopsy was completed on Monday. However, O’Donovan said he wouldn’t comment on the condition of her body or how she died.
Efforts are being focused by police on finding anyone who can give information on what happened to Fontaine between Aug. 8 — the last time anyone had contact with her — and Sunday, when her body was discovered.
“We would like to talk to anyone who has seen her, or anyone she was with,” he said, noting she was last seen in the Portage Place area wearing a white skirt, blue jacket, and pink and white runners.
It is still unclear how long Fontaine had been dead for or how long her body was in the river.
O’Donovan said Fontaine had a history of running away and at the time of her disappearance “was rebelling in the care she was in, so she was running away.”
According to a missing persons reports filed in July and November by RCMP, Fontaine had run away twice from her previous home in area of Powerview, a small town about 130 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
Both reports indicated she frequented Winnipeg.
“Obviously she was in danger in doing that and at 15 I’m sure she didn’t realize the danger she was putting herself — she’s a child, this is a child that has been murdered,” he said. “In society, we’d be horrified if we found a litter of kittens or pups in the river in this condition. This is a child, so society should be horrified and that is why we are asking for people to help us and come forward.”
Both previous times she went missing, she was located safely within a few weeks.
Meanwhile, a second body pulled from the Red River on Sunday, this one near Kildonan Park, has been identified as that of a man who fell into the river on Friday near The Forks. Foul play is not suspected. His name was not released.
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Sad ending to a young teen that didn't even get to live their live yet..