Winnipeg police reach out to neighbours traumatized by children's deaths
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police officers and victims’ services workers went door to door Thursday in the Westwood neighbourhood where two small children were found dead Wednesday morning. Their mother is still missing and considered a “person of interest” by the police.
Police couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the initiative, but several neighbours expressed shock and sadness at the tragedy in their midst.
Meanwhile the search continues for Lisa Gibson.
Gibson, 32, is considered a “person of interest” in the tragedy, police said. Gibson’s two children, Nicholas, 3 months, and Anna, 2, were found unresponsive in a bathtub early Wednesday morning by their grandmother, neighbours said. They were rushed to hospital but could not be revived. Gibson’s husband, Brian, rushed home from his job as an electrician.
Officers have received several tips from people who said they saw Gibson and are treating the search as if she is still alive, police said. They are doing a ground search as well as using the Winnipeg Police Service Air 1 helicopter.
The Gibson family home on Coleridge Park Drive in Westwood remained taped off and guarded by police officers and cadets Thursday morning. The police perimeter had widened since the day before, with police tape now extending to both sides of the street and including a trail down to the Assiniboine River through Benjaminson Park.
A makeshift memorial of stuffed toys, flowers and handwritten messages of sympathy and support continued to grow on the lawn at the home at 3 Coleridge Park Dr. Neighbours, and well wishers from all over Winnipeg arrived throughout the day Thursday, adding to the memorial and making sometimes tearful statements to reporters about the tragedy.
Neighbours said they heard a helicopter, likely the Winnipeg Police Service Air 1 chopper, flying around the St. James area all night.
Police provided no other details Thursday morning about the scope of the search for Gibson.