Volunteers attempt to identify 4th victim of suspected Winnipeg serial killer
Darryl Contois and George Robinson took to the streets of downtown Winnipeg on Sunday to help with research for identify the fourth victim of the alleged killer of Indigenous women in Winnipeg.
Posters appeared in downtown Winnipeg on January 1 to identify the fourth victim of the alleged killer of Indigenous women. Police still don't know who the woman, who Native elders have called Buffalo Woman, or Mashkode Bizhiki'ikwe, is, pending their real name.
Darryl Contois and George Robinson took the initiative to distribute 300 posters, which they installed on the various posts found on their route, Sunday morning, while talking to people they met in the street and in the camps. They are trying to obtain information that could help identify this woman who, according to the police, is the fourth victim of Jeremy Skibicki.
We are trying to do justice to the families, explains Darryl Contois, and to tell them that there are people in Winnipeg for whom it is important.
Everyone deserves to go home, he says.
Police said in December that the suspected killer had claimed a fourth victim, but they have yet to find his body and do not know his identity. The alleged killer is also charged with the murder of three other Aboriginal women, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran and Rebecca Contois.
Police have little information on Buffalo Woman. She would be an Aboriginal of average height, in her twenties. Last December, the Winnipeg Police Service released images of a coat believed to be similar to the one she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.
Police are seeking to identify Jeremy Skibicki's fourth victim, including asking anyone who sees an Indigenous woman wearing a coat resembling this to manifest.
It's a reversible coat from the Baby Phat brand, with a faux fur hood and a cat-shaped logo.
I ask people I meet if they recognize this coat, if they know the person who wore it last March, explains Darryl Contois.
Darryl Contois is not related to Rebecca Contois. He and George Robinson are part of the Justice for Buffalo Woman Facebook group, which aims to collect personally identifiable information.
For George Robinson, meeting people in the city is a key element for the success of this objective. Our homeless population does not have access to television or social media, he says. If we weren't walking around with these posters, most wouldn't know what happened.
George Robinson adds that many of the people they spoke to on Sunday, whether or not they were homeless, were unaware of the murders.
Darryl Contois says 18 people have decided to accompany them and distribute posters from Main Street to West Broadway.< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">One of the posters posted on various poles in downtown Winnipeg, hoping to identify Buffalo Woman, who disappeared last March, who was killed by the suspected Winnipeg serial killer, police say.
Since Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran and Rebecca Contois frequented the shelters around Main Street, the two volunteers believe that Buffalo Woman went there as well.
A lot of the people we talk to don't want to deal with the police, but they do want to talk to us, says George Robinson. So it's a good connection between people on the streets and the police.
All the information they collect is passed on to investigators who are working to find Buffalo Woman, they say . Their goal is that this woman can be identified and her remains found, along with the remains of the other victims of the alleged killer.
Darryl Contois is hopeful that their mission will succeed and be feels encouraged by community support. God willing, we will find out who Buffalo Woman is, he concludes.