“Victim of Crime,” Missing Winnipeg Man Could be in Arborg

The search for a missing Winnipeg man has expanded into Arborg, Manitoba.

The Winnipeg Police are asking residents and business owners in the Arborg and surrounding areas to check for signs of Eduardo Balaquit, who is considered to be a “victim of crime.”

Eduardo “Eddie” Balaquit, 59 years old, disappeared on June 4, 2018. His last reported location was 380 Keewatin Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked as an office cleaner at Westcon Equipment and Rentals Ltd in the Tyndall Park area.

It’s believed Balaquit went missing between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on June 4, 2018.

According to reports, Constable Rob Carver of the Winnipeg Police “won’t reveal why the search has expanded” to Arborg. Homicide investigators will join the ground searches, confirmed Carver.

It’s not believed Balaquit has ties to Arborg, which is located 110 km north of Winnipeg.

Eduardo Balaquit is 5 foot 4 inches and 155 lbs with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black zip-up sweater, black pants with black shoes.

Even though homicide is investigating, the Winnipeg Police are quoted as saying “that doesn’t suggest the outcome of Balaquit’s case,” adding “… we believe this may be a homicide … we can’t term the case yet … it’s right in the middle.”

Balaquit’s van was found the morning of June 5, 2018 with the passenger side window smashed. Balaquit’s cellphone was inside the vehicle, while other belongings were reportedly inside and on the ground. When Balaquit’s vehicle was found, there was a note targeting a Keewatin business. However, the contents of the letter have not been made public. Allegedly, the letter didn’t pose a risk to individuals or employees, and Winnipeg Police would not release further details.

Residents and businesses in Arborg and the surrounding area are asked to call police if they find anything suspicious and not to disturb anything that could be potential evidence.

If you have information regarding Eduardo Balaquit, please contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477. Both are anonymous.

The Balaquit family gathered at the Arborg Bifrost Community Centre Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to search in Arborg. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated.

The Balaquit family requests anyone with information to contact them at 204-298-5171 or 204-510-5170.
Story quotes: CBC Manitoba
Photo: Handout from June 9, 2018
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