Manitoba man who had a son when they turned on the remains of Winnipeg's grandmother, Thelma Krull, last month, says he hopes that the discovery will bring a closure to the Krull family.
Marcel Trudeau and the son of the discovery made him hunting on October 27 in a wooded area near Chemin Perrin Road, east of Highway 12 and to the north of Highway 1, in the town borough of Taché, to & East of Winnipeg.
It is not far from where Trudeau lives in Ste. Anne, Man., But it's a remote area, he says. The brush is thick enough that it's a guess that would prevent most people from cheating the paths.
He went close to dark when Trudeau said his son was shooting in deer, and both thought he had hit him. They share to check.
"I did away in one small area and I took it in another area," said Trudeau. "And then he screamed my name. He said," I can find something. "
They have discovered that the remains of Krull. They were a little scared, Trudeau said, so they left, marking trees as they walked to bring the police back to the area, about 45 meters away from the road.
They went to Ste. Anne police, who called RCMP from Steinbach, about 15 kilometers away. The RCMP led to the Trudeau home and took them to the area marked.
"We found her and then the RCMP called some police in Winnipeg, they are probably, and left one of their champions there."
Searches from all over Winnipeg
On Thursday, the Winnipeg police confirmed that DNA tests had indicated the remains as belonging to Thelma Krull, which was 57 when it ended more than three years ago.
When Trudeau learned that the police had been identified, he said he was thinking of his family.
"I just thought about the family … and that they would find it, they discovered that she was her, and the end was closing on everything.
Winnipeg's grandson disappeared on July 11, 2015, after leaving her home in the Grassie Boulevard area to go for a walk. She trained to walk the West Coast Path in British Columbia.
The police believe that after Krull left his home on Saturday morning, he walked as far as Civic Park near Kildonan East Collegiate about 8 am, where he was involved in a change and he ; it was forced mandatory.
Robert Krull, her husband, asked for privacy on Thursday. He said he hoped that the discovery will lead to justice.
After Thelma Krull disappeared, his family and friends led searches that included hundreds of people from all over Winnipeg, many of whom they never knew.
One of them was Bill McCausland. He never met Krull, but said he felt he had to help look for him when he saw social media jobs from his daughter asking for help.
"I've learned, basically, that she is a very active person, very fine," she said about Krull. "After all these search parties I've found a few friends, now, who have brought us together."
McCausland said his efforts to help find Krull that led him to take part in searches for missing people in Winnipeg.
"It was like Thelma had gone to me, and during that time there were other missing people, such as Christine Wood, so I have also joined those searches," he said.
"I would like to continue to do that. I hope that many other people will not get lost."
The police request information
At a news conference on Thursday, Sgt. Wes Rommel said where the remains of Krull were found – about 50 kilometers southeast of where it was finally seen in Winnipeg – it's probably a familiar part of the province for its slaughter.
Trudeau said that the area is not a place where many people travel to her. The nearest house is about a kilometer and a half away, he says. You can drive there, but the road is grit before turning to dirt.
"As you drive out, there are many tests with nothing around, and suddenly you reach these areas where it becomes woody and unsafe," said Rommel on Thursday. "I think that's a very big piece."
The police also believe that Krull's murder was familiar with the Winnipeg area where she was disappearing – the person could live or work there, or have some other reason to be there .
In a news conference police force in 2016 the police said they had had a great deal of look at Krull, who appeared in distress, with a man near a gas station near Kimberly Avenue and Gateway Road on a morning she disappeared.
At that time, a sketch of the man, described as five feet, was eight inches and 270 pounds with a bowl haircut.
On Thursday, Rommel said the suspected remains an "important piece of investigation" but the police now consider "possibilities outside."
The police ask anyone who lived in the Gardens Valley area in July 2015 to reach researchers with any information they might have.
They also ask those living around the area where the remains of Krull have been contacted for anything suspicious they could remember from summer 2015, or any other information that could assist researchers.
The police killing unit continues to investigate.
Anyone with a police call information will be asked on 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers in 204-786-TIPS (8477).