Today marks one-year since the disappearance of Eduardo Balaquit, and Winnipeg Police are asking for help to bring Balaquit home.
On June 4, 2018, then-59-year-old Balaquit is believed to have become a victim of crime soon after he arrived at work around 6:00 p.m. in the 300 block of Keewatin Street.
One year later, the Winnipeg Police Service's (WPS) Homicide Unit continues to investigate Balaquit's disappearance.
Now 60-years-old, Balaquit is around 5'4" tall and weighs around 155 lbs. He has a medium build and is Asian in appearance with black hair and brown eyes. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black zip-up sweater, black pants, and black shoes, say police.
A blue 2010-2015 Ford Escape SE was believed to be in the area around the time Balaquit arrived at work. The same vehicle is also believed to have been in the area of Arborg, Manitoba that same day. It is possible, police say, that the vehicle was unfamiliar to residents of Arborg and may have been in the area for only a short amount of time.
WPS advise those especially within the Arborg area to be aware of any items that may appear unusual. Despite an insignificant appearance, items may be important to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Balaquit.
Sargeant Wade McDonald of the Homicide Unit who has been overseeing the investigation into Balaquit's disappearance for the past year gave a character description of the missing man, sharing that he had a strong work ethic and was a hard worker at numerous jobs.
"He is a family man, and he raised a beautiful family in Winnipeg who are desperately searching for answers. His family wants, and deserves answers – as does our entire community, so we are asking the people of this city and the province; if you think you recognize this vehicle or have information, please contact the Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers.”
Balaquit's two sons, Edward and Irwin, expressed their continuing struggle in dealing with their father's disappearance over the past year. Edward said their family has been able to cope by relying on each other.
"My dad was our strength so we have to be each other's strength for each other for my dad. It's been tough... Things don't get better.
"If anyone has any information, it doesn't matter how small or big it could be, just bring it forward," requested Edward. "It's never too late to provide any information."
Edward also addressed those who are still at large behind his father's disappearance.
"It's never too late to do the right thing. we're looking for my dad, that's a standing goal for my family. If anything, just provide information so we can bring him home."
Anyone who believes they may have information regarding the investigation into Balaquit's disappearance is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).