Winnipeg police arrest suspect in 2018 homicide of Eduardo Balaquit

Eduardo Balaquit (Photo supplied by the WPS)

Winnipeg police have made an arrest in connection with the homicide of Eduardo Balaquit.

Balaquit, 59, went missing on June 4, 2018, after arriving at a business in the 300 block of Keewatin Street to do janitorial work.

According to a media release, an investigation into his disappearance began the next day. Police located Balaquit’s van with the passenger window smashed and personal belongings still inside.

It was quickly concluded that Balaquit was the victim of a crime and the investigation was assigned to the homicide unit.

His disappearance shook Winnipeg’s tight-knit Filipino community.

The search for Balaquit expanded beyond the city limits and specifically into the area around Arborg, Manitoba.

Significant police resources have been deployed during the almost three years since he went missing.

On Tuesday, detectives from the Winnipeg police homicide unit, with the assistance of the Saskatoon major crimes unit, arrested and charged a suspect in the death of Balaquit.

Kyle Alexander James Pietz, 35, was arrested in Saskatoon and charged with manslaughter. He was detained in custody.

Police say Pietz had lived in Winnipeg and was an employee at the same business where Balaquit worked.

However, police have been unable to locate Balaquit’s remains.

Detectives believe someone could provide insight into his whereabouts and are asking they contact the homicide unit to give his family peace.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call police at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.