May 17, 2018 11:39 am
Updated: May 17, 2018 6:09 pm

Woman’s body recovered from Red River on Wednesday identified

Winnipeg police pulled a body from the Red River on Wednesday.

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The body of a woman that was recovered from the Red River on Wednesday has been identified.

Family members and police said it’s the body of 23-year-old April Carpenter, who has been missing since April 26.

The Winnipeg Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit responded to the river in the area of 600 Kildonan Drive around noon, after receiving a call indicating that a body had been spotted in the water.

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They have yet to determine a cause of death.

An autopsy is pending as police continue their investigation.

Family spokesperson Billy Dubery said they think the death is suspicious because Carpenter had just gone back to school, and loved her family.

“She had a very big and kind heart. She wanted to pursue a life helping other people,” Dubery said. “Somebody knows something and we want someone to come forward with any kind of information to give this family closure.”

“We don’t believe that April wanted to be in the river.”

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who was in contact with Carpenter prior to her death.

Police can be reached at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

This is the second body officers have recovered from the Red River in the past week — they found the body of a missing boater on May 12 in the water near the North Perimeter.

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