June 4, 2020 Media Release

MISSING PERSON – Kierra Hather: R20-24034 - Located

Update: Kierra Hather has been safely located.

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old female.

HATHER was last seen on May 22, 2020 in the Weston area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been active on social media within the past several days.

HATHER is described as Indigenous, 5’5, with an average build, brown hair and brown eyes.  It is unknown what she was wearing at the time.

Police are concerned for HATHER’S well-being and are asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 986-6250.


Missing Person – Eduardo Balaquit: C18-117917

Today marks two years since the disappearance of Eduardo Balaquit, who went missing during the evening of Monday, June 4, 2018.

 

Eduardo is approximately 5’4” tall and 155 lbs in weight with a medium build. He is Asian in appearance, has black hair/brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black zip-up sweater, black pants and black shoes. Eduardo was 59 years old at the time of his disappearance, and would now be 61 years old.

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate his disappearance. It is believed that Eduardo became a victim of crime shortly after he arrived for work at a business in the 300 block of Keewatin Street on June 4, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Homicide Unit investigators continue to seek information about a blue 2010-2015 Ford Escape SE thought to be involved in Eduardo’s disappearance.


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

Stock images (not the actual vehicle)

Investigators have concluded that the vehicle had likely been in the area of Eduardo’s work during the time of his disappearance and travelled to the Arborg area soon after.

It is also believed that evidence related to Eduardo’s disappearance may still be undiscovered in the Arborg area, or the regions between Winnipeg and Arborg. Investigators would like to remind the public, including those in rural areas, to be aware of any unusual items they may find in the area. Items that may seem insignificant to the casual observer may have significant relevance to the investigation.

“We highlight this case once again because we know someone, somewhere knows more about what happened to Eduardo. We’ve taken important steps forward with this investigation, but we appeal to the community to help us close this case for Eduardo’s family – for the community. We need your help.” said Sergeant Wade McDonald of the Homicide Unit. “Eduardo was an extremely hard worker and a family man. His family is desperately searching for answers. His family wants and deserves answers – as does our entire community. If you think you recognize this vehicle or have information, please contact the Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers.”

Statement from Eduardo’s family: “It’s been a long and difficult two years. Our only wish is for our dad to walk through our doors and finally say, ‘I’m home.’ It’s never too late to do the right thing, if you have any information, please help us bring him home.”

Anyone with information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204

Homicide – Public Assistance Requested: C20-113477

As previously released:

On May 21, 2020, at approximately 9:30 a.m., General Patrol members responded to a residence in the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue for a report of a male that had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male on the front steps of the house suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased victim has been identified as Nairne Marshall James Chapais, a 23-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation.

On May 27, 2020, two male suspects were located at a hotel in the 200 block of McDermot Avenue and placed under arrest by members of the Tactical Support Team with the assistance of General Patrol officers. A firearm was recovered, and a small amount of cocaine was seized from one of the males.

Investigators believe that the homicide was premeditated and gang-related. The victim had been socializing in the area when he was shot as he returned to the building he lived in. It was also determined the building had been shot at three days earlier as well.

Tyler Ryan Kenneth Jack, a 21-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- First Degree Murder
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
- Deal with Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Weapon
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x6)

Clarence Raymon Scott, a 30-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- First Degree Murder
- Discharge a Firearm Into or At a Place in a Reckless Manner
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Cocaine

He was detained in custody.

Update:

Homicide Unit investigators have obtained a Court Order authorizing the publication of the identity of a youth suspect sought in connection with the homicide.

A Canada-wide warrant for First Degree Murder has been issued. *We have removed the name and picture of the suspect as the court order authorizing the publication of his identity has expired.

The public is cautioned not to approach him. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Homicide Unit investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Note:  This court order ceases to have effect on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.  Media outlets are reminded not to publish images of him or name him after that time.