Manitoba RCMP say the remains found in August in Roseau River are those of a missing Winnipeg man Bud Paul.
Paul, 56, went missing on Aug. 7. He was spotted on security footage at a liquor store in Neepawa, along with two other individuals on Aug. 1, which is also the last time he was seen alive.
His car was found in Winnipeg on Queen Street on Aug. 10, deliberately burned.
The following day his remains were found in deep brush in Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation, RCMP confirmed.
“We are looking for anyone who had contact with Bud Paul or the individuals with him travelling to or from Neepawa, or while he was in Neepawa on Aug. 1, 2020,” said Superintendent Michael Koppang, head of the RCMP’s Major Crimes Services.
“We also still need to identify the female who was present when Paul’s vehicle was parked on Queen Street prior to it being set on fire on Aug. 10, 2020. Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Queen Street, Winnipeg on that date, please contact us.”
Koppang adds anyone who saw anything suspicious happening around Roseau River Anishinaabe First Nation in the days leading up to Aug. 11 should give them a call.
Tips received since RCMP first appealed for help have been “integral” to the investigation, Koppang says, but finding the woman who was present when Paul’s vehicle was parked in Winnipeg is “essential.”
RCMP say while they’re filling in the gaps and are “very close” to solving the case, they still don’t know several details and are asking for the public’s help.
Mounties also revealed that a man who parked the vehicle prior to it being set on fire threw evidence into a nearby garbage bin, and is the same man seen on the Neepawa liquor store security footage.
They say he’s currently in custody on an unrelated matter.
Investigators believe the people behind the alleged murder continued to access his bank account and use his cell phone after his death.
The main community at Roseau River is about an hour south of Winnipeg, near Emerson.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the RCMP’s tip line at 431-489-8551.