August 18, 2014 1:26 pm

2 bodies pulled from Red River in Winnipeg

Police recover a body from the Red River in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Arason / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Police Service underwater recovery unit pulled two bodies from the Red River in two different locations on Sunday.

Police, fire and paramedics pulled a woman from the river near the Alexander Docks, north of The Forks near downtown Winnipeg, around 1:30 p.m., after a father and son spotted something floating in the water.

An autopsy is pending and the homicide unit is investigating the death, police said at a news conference Monday morning.

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“Investigators are hopeful that we will have this person identified and much more information tomorrow,” Const. Eric Hofley said.

Missing women reports are being consulted, he said.

“Our indent unit would be heavily involved in that type of thing, you know, be it checking for marks, fingerprints, to see if this person has had previous involvement with us.”

In the second case, a man’s body was found in the river near Kildonan Park in north Winnipeg just before 7:30 p.m.

An autopsy is pending and police said they don’t know if it’s the same person who was seen in the river on Friday.

Searchers spent the weekend looking for a man after he disappeared into the river on Friday afternoon.

A water taxi captain threw a flotation ring to the man but suffered a heart attack during the attempted rescue, and the man in the river disappeared.

The taxi captain is reported to be recovering in hospital.

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