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RCMP say unidentified man in Portage la Prairie homicide may have been from Winnipeg

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Manitoba RCMP have released photos of four people they would like to speak to in connection with the death of an unidentified man found in Portage la Prairie last month.

Last week police asked for help identifying the victim, who was found near Baker Street June 24.

While police said Wednesday they are still working to identify the man, they did say they now believe he was either living in Winnipeg or traveling through the city around the time he was killed.

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They also said they believe his body was placed in Portage la Prairie, about 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg, on June 20, between 3 and 5 a.m.

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area at that time is asked to call investigators.

Police also released photos and surveillance video of four people — two men and two women — they say were travelling together through Portage in a dark-coloured SUV on June 20.

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Police say the four, who stopped at the Shell/Circle K on Saskatchewan Ave around 4 a.m., may have information that is useful to investigators.

The first man has short dark brown hair, and is approximately 5’9” tall, with tattoos on both his forearms, neck and face. He was wearing a navy plaid shirt and black pants in the video.

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The second man has short dyed blond hair, and is approximately 6’0”, with tattoos on both arms. He was wearing a red and black ball cap, black t-shirt, black pants, and brown boots in the video.

The first woman has long brown hair, is approximately 5’6” tall, and was wearing a red flowered shirt and black skirt.

The second woman has long black hair, is roughly 5’3”, and was wearing a black Nike hoodie and black pants in the video.

Anyone who with information on the four people seen in the video is asked to call police.

Police say the victim is a man between the ages of 20 and 40, who stood somewhere between 5’7″ and 6’2″ tall. They say the man had brown hair, possibly medium length, and had scoliosis of the spine.

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Anyone with information about the victim, or anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the RCMP Major Crime Services tip line at 431-489-8551 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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