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Winnipeg Police Service

July 11, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide – Thelma Krull: C15-145099

Today marks four years since the disappearance of Thelma Krull, who was last seen on July 11, 2015. Below is a statement released on behalf of the Homicide Unit:

We are providing an update on our investigation into the murder of Thelma Krull, and more importantly, to ask for your help. First and foremost, the Winnipeg Police Service wants to thank our community — all of you — for the hundreds of tips and useful information you have provided to us as we continue efforts to find justice for Thelma Krull and her family. This remains a very active investigation, and we continue to work around-the-clock on the information you provide. We will leave no stone unturned.

Despite the thousands of hours of investigative work by our agency and the RCMP, this case remains unsolved. That said, the answer is still out there, and we are confident that a member of our community can help us. We are here today asking for your help.

Through a community tip, we have learned of an individual who may hold valuable information about Thelma’s disappearance. This person, who was in a position to observe Thelma, may not yet realize that they saw or heard something of value and for that reason, we want to speak to them. This individual is a driver of a gold-coloured 4-door sedan (believed to a 2005-2010 import, such as a Toyota, a Hyundai or a Honda, and was in good condition).

They may not live in the area surrounding the Civic Park or even in the city of Winnipeg. For this reason, we are asking you to contact us at 204-986-6508 about anyone you know who currently owns or who may have had access to a gold car matching the description. Again, the description of the vehicle is as follows: A gold-coloured 4-door sedan (believed to a 2005-2010 import, such as a Toyota, a Hyundai or a Honda, and was in good condition).

We will continue to investigate all tips submitted to our agency, and we are confident that you can assist us in solving this case and ensuring justice for Thelma.

Thelma had gone for a walk on July 11, 2015, at 7:23 a.m., and is believed to have walked from her residence in the Grassie Boulevard area to the Civic Park near Kildonan East Collegiate in the Valley Gardens area, where she arrived at approximately 8:00 a.m. Investigators later recovered several items in this area that belonged to Thelma, including her glasses and mobile phone.

Thelma is described as a Caucasian female, about 5’4” tall, 170 pounds and short dyed blonde hair with a purple streak. At the time of her disappearance, Thelma was last seen wearing:

- A red/orange t-shirt (bright-coloured)
- ¾-length black Capri style pants
- A black fanny pack
- Tan/brown hiking-style boots/shoes

We continue to ask anyone with information that hasn't yet spoken with investigators to come forward. Members of the Homicide Unit can be contacted directly at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Community Notification

The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Cecil Junior HOULE, (a.k.a. Chubby Houle and Junior Houle) 43 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner. All persons, particularly females, are at risk of sexual violence.

HOULE will be released from Headingley Correctional Centre, in Headingley, Manitoba on July 11, 2019 after having served a sentence for failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance order, which occurred in June/July 2018. The recognizance had been ordered in January 2018 when HOULE was released after having served a sentence for manslaughter and sexual assault cause bodily harm (12 year sentence in addition to 3 years pre-trial custody credit).

Upon release, HOULE will be subject to a recognizance order until January 15, 2020, a probation order until July 10, 2021 and a lifetime weapons prohibition. HOULE is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

HOULE has a history of sexual, violent and other offences. Although he participated in some treatment programming in the past, HOULE is still considered high risk to re- offend in a sexual manner. All persons, particularly females, are at risk of sexual violence.

Background information:

Cecil Junior HOULE is a 43 year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for manslaughter, sexual assault cause bodily harm, sexual interference, assault cause bodily harm, and assault.

HOULE was convicted of manslaughter of his common law wife and sexual assault cause bodily harm of an 18 year old female, in January 2006. He received a sentence of 12 years for manslaughter and sexual assault cause bodily harm (in addition to 3 years pre-trial custody credit).

A recognizance was ordered against HOULE in January 2018 when HOULE was released after having served the sentence for manslaughter and sexual assault cause bodily harm.

HOULE will be released from Headingley Correctional Centre, in Headingley, Manitoba on July 11, 2019 after having served a sentence for failing to comply with conditions of the recognizance order which occurred in June/July 2018.

Upon release, HOULE will be subject to a recognizance order until January 15, 2020, a probation order until July 10, 2021 and a lifetime weapons prohibition.

While incarcerated, HOULE participated in some treatment programming but is still considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner against females. All persons, particularly females are at risk of sexual violence.

HOULE is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at HOULE will not be tolerated.

If you have information about HOULE, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg  Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/commsafe/notification/index.html
www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/personal_safety_sexual_assault.pdf

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    • Last Update: July 11, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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