Winnipeg’s 24th homicide of 2019
Police have identified the man who was found dead in a Winnipeg park on Wednesday morning as Gabriel Radford Coates, 44.
His death is now the city’s 24th homicide of the year.
On Wednesday, workers from Main street project found the body of a deceased man in William Whyte Park near Higgins Avenue and Maple Street at around 7 a.m.. During a press conference police said his death was suspicious and the homicide unit was investigating.
Investigators now believe Coates may have been assaulted overnight or during the morning hours.
Police say Coates was transient and spent time between Kenora and Winnipeg.
According to CTV News, on Thursday, Constable. Jay Murray said while there was at least one tent set up at the park, it’s not known for sure if Coates had been there, or for how long.
Murray asked businesses in the area to check video footage from security cameras.
“You never know what may be able to help, whether it’s some people walking down a sidewalk before or after the crime, and it may help us identify it better or narrow down the time frame in this incident,” he said.
Murray also asked that anyone passing through the area around that time and saw something suspicious contact the homicide unit at 204-986-7085 or submit a tip through Crime Stoppers.
The city is on pace for 50 homicides in 2019, a number that would break the previous record of 41 in 2011.
At least six of the murders this year are directly linked to meth, nine have involved firearms and more have been stabbings.