The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit is trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together in the tragic case of a missing teenaged girl turned murder victim.
On August 17, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, a body was recovered from the Red River in the area of the Alexander Docks. Police report an autopsy has been completed and the victim has been identified as Tina Fontaine (15) years.
Fontaine was reported missing on August 9, 2014 and was last seen alive in the downtown area of Winnipeg on Friday, August 8, 2014.
She is described as an Aboriginal female, 5’3″, approximately 100 lbs, with a thin build, brown/black hair (shaved on one side & long on the other) and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jacket and pink and white runners.
Police and the victim’s family are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible.
Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
Fontaine is the fifteenth (15th) murder victim in Winnipeg this year.
Police have declined to release any information regarding the results of the victim’s autopsy or her cause of death.
(As the victim’s body was found in the river wrapped in what media has called, “a bag or some kind of plastic,” Police immediately knew foul play was involved in the killing.)
At this point in the investigation, the manner in which the victim died is likely only known to the person or persons responsible for her killing. This information is called “hold back” information and is kept extremely close to the investigation.
Once a suspect is arrested, skilled interrogators will try to extract this information as a means of establishing powerful evidence of the killer’s guilt.
Media reports also indicate the victim was under the care of CFS and had a history of running away.
This is not the first female Aboriginal teenager to be killed and dumped into the Red River.
In October 2003 WPS CSI investigators positively identified human body parts recovered from the Red River months earlier as belonging to missing teen Felicia Solomon (16). Solomon was reported missing on April 3rd, 2003 and was last seen alive on or about March 25, 2003.
Police have no information to suggest Solomon worked in the sex trade.
Her murder remains unsolved.
On September 29, 1998, the body of Tania Marsden (18) was found in the Assiniboine River near the Perimeter Highway. Marsden has been strangled by her killer and her body had been weighed down with a cement block. She was last seen alive on the night of her 18th birthday, Wednesday, September 9, 1998 at the Gordon Downtowner Motor Hotel at 330 Kennedy Street.
Marsden was reported to be involved in the sex trade.
Her murder remains unsolved.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 15th Homicide of the year;
2013 – Aug 31
2012 – May 17
2011 – May 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Aug 12
2009 – July 10
2008 – May 16
2007 – July 20
2006 – Oct 1
2005 – July 16
2004 – July 12 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)