Winnipeg police plea with witnesses to come forward in historical homicide case
Published Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:06AM CST Last Updated Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:52PM CST
Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help in solving a historical homicide.
On the morning of November 16, 1979 the body of a 31-year-old woman was discovered in a show home on Kinver Avenue near Keewatin Street and Inkster Boulevard.
The victim, Irene Pearson, had been stabbed multiple times and police ruled her death a homicide.
“It shocked the public, it was a horrific case,” said Sgt. John O’Donovan with the homicide unit.
Investigators believe someone might have observed something around the time of Pearson’s death. They said the last person to be in the show home with her drove either a red or blue Plymouth Volare.
Police said they would like to hear from anyone that may have worked on the construction of the home located on Kinver Avenue, as it may help with the investigation.
“There would have been different contractors doing different work within that residents at the time, and not everybody has been identified," O’Donovan said.
According to police, there is DNA that was collected at the time that now with the advancement in technology can help identify certain individuals. To help narrow down their list, investigators need to rule out those people who happen to be in the house while it was being built, such as construction workers.
“We need to know who was in that house and the reason for them being in that house," O’Donovan added. "Then we can move on from those people, if we can identify who they are."
Pearson was a real estate agent, and police said she was showing the home to someone she thought was a potential client at the time of her death.
More than 36 years later, Winnipeg police said this case continues to be a priority for them.
Anyone with further information regarding this on-going investigation is asked to contact the Historical Homicide Unit at 204-986-3819, or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).