Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Family mourns woman, 23, pulled from river

Family mourns woman, 23, pulled from river

Member of the legislature Nahanni Fontaine posted on Facebook encouraging anyone with information to come forward "so we can find justice for April".

Family members are asking for help from the public after a body of a woman was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police pulled the body of 23-year-old April Carpenter from the Red River in Winnipeg Thursday. "This is very sad for everybody", he said.

Officers responded to the river bank in the 600 block of Kildonan Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

Carolyn Carpenter said her daughter loved children and recently went back to school.

Loved ones said the young woman was last seen around 8 p.m. on that date in the area of Health Sciences Centre and was reported missing on April 27.

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Dubery described Carpenter, an Indigenous woman with light brown hair cut at her shoulders and noticeable dimples, as caring and hopeful.

They recovered a woman's body from the river, but have yet to determine a cause of death.

Billy Dubery holds up a missing poster with photos of April Carpenter. Police recovered her body from the Red River on Wednesday.

"Somebody knows something", Dubery said. "She was working to finish her education to become a social worker".

Dubery said the family doesn't "believe that it was April's choice to be in the river" and are calling for anyone with information to contact police. They want to speak with anyone who may have had contact with April Carpenter in the time she was reported missing. "She wanted to pursue a life helping other people".

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