Winnipeg Police are asking hunters and others to keep an eye out for anything unusual, particularly in the Arborg area, as police continue an investigation into the disappearance of 59-year-old Eduardo Balaquit.
Public information officer constable Rob Carver said today police are making this request now because of the time of year.
"We know from experience that often in the fall things that have been missed before in searches end up coming to light," said Carver. He says the fall season means a loss of foliage.
Carver said police had an extensive ground search in the Arborg area, but it's possible they may have missed something. He said Arborg is still viewed as an area of concentration for the investigation, but he did not get into why.
"Items that may seem insignificant to the casual observer may have significant relevance to the investigation. Specifically, police would like to remind the public of the clothing Eduardo was wearing at the time of his disappearance: that was a black coloured zip-up sweater, black coloured pants, and black coloured shoes," said Carver. Balaquit's physical appearance is described as approximately 5'4", 155 pounds, with a medium build, and black/brown eyes.
Balaquit went missing on June 4th. His family last saw him leaving for work that evening; his van was later found parked in a strange location near a job site at 380 Keewatin Street; a window was smashed, Balaquit's cell phone was inside, and some of his belongings were strewn about the ground.
Carver said the Homicide Unit is leading the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers.