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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 16, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A6 A 6 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015 TOP NEWS winnipegfreepress. com W INNIPEG police found a pair of glasses belonging to Thelma Krull — a development they admit is “ extremely concerning.” But five days after the 57- year- old Winnipeg woman vanished, she still hasn’t been found. “ We don’t know what’s happened to Thelma,” Det.- Sgt. Shaunna Neufeld of the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit said Wednesday at a news conference. “ We’re on Day 5. As each day goes by, we get more and more concerned.” Police said Krull’s glasses were found Tuesday near the Valley Gardens Community Centre, where Krull is now believed to have been between the hours of 7 a. m. and 10 a. m. Saturday. “ It’s one clue, but we need other clues to put the pieces together,” said Neufeld. “ We don’t have those answers for the Krull family, to date. So we have a lot of work left to do in this investigation to get them those answers.” The discovery of Krull’s glasses has buoyed hope she may be found alive, said Neal Anderson, her friend and co- worker at the non- profit Special People in Kildonan East. He said police told him investigators found other items that haven’t been positively identified as belonging to Krull. “ It helps that we have an area to focus on, because I think we’ve realized in the last few days how big E. K. ( East Kildonan) and Transcona is, and how much wilderness there is,” he said. “ And there’s been no signs of foul play that I know about, so somebody dropping their glasses — it could totally have been a fall down a hill,” he added. Neufeld said she could not confirm whether Krull’s cellphone or any of her other belongings had been found, but said Krull may have been carrying a fanny pack. Police are asking anyone who may have been in the Valley Gardens area Saturday morning — whether playing tennis, walking or going for a jog — to contact them “ if they feel they may have observed Thelma or any suspicious activity.” Krull may have also been walking in or around the 2000 block of Henderson Highway or the 1500 block of Regent Avenue West, police said. Krull’s husband, Robert Krull, thanked the approximately 250 volunteers who have helped with the search so far, whether they’ve headed out on foot or used canoes, ATVs and dogs to comb the areas where Krull was last seen. “ I just want to thank every volunteer that’s helped, every organization,” Robert said at the news conference. “ This is Winnipeg. It’s a great city. And we need your help. So please, if you have anything — anything — tell the police.” Krull was last seen at 7: 23 a. m. Saturday leaving her home in Harbourview South to go for a walk in the Valley Gardens area. “ It’s not easy for this family not knowing what’s happened, and they need those answers,” said Neufeld. Krull’s family said she is known to take long walks through a variety of routes, pathways, and trails. She had been preparing to hike the West Coast Trail, a 75- kilometre path in Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island later this summer. Anyone who has a home security camera or a business camera in the surrounding areas where Krull was last seen should review their footage from Saturday morning, specifically between 7 a. m. and 10: 30 a. m. Neufeld also pleaded with residents to check their personal properties, outbuildings, vehicles, and any green space surrounding their property “ in the event she suffered a medical emergency.” Krull is described as Caucasian, 5- 4 and 170 pounds. She has short, dyed- blond hair with a purple streak. Police also released a short YouTube video, culled from surveillance footage, that shows Krull walking near her home, hoping people who may have seen her will contact investigators. Robert Krull said the family is trying to remain positive as the search stretches on. “ Thelma was a very, very positive person,” he said. “ What’s that saying? ‘ Every time a door closes, a window opens.’ That’s the kind of person she is.” He became emotional as he described the last hours he spent with his wife, the Friday before the morning she left on her walk. Robert said there was nothing unusual about his wife’s behaviour the evening before she went missing. He watched football while she sat out on the deck, reading and using her cellphone, he said. “ After the game was over, I went out and we sat ( for) maybe an hour and a half, and everything was good. We talked about what we were going to do the next day, things we wanted to do around the house. There was no problems that way,” he said. The couple sat outside until about 10 p. m., when mosquitoes drove them inside. Krull did some reading while he watched TV before bedtime around 11 p. m., he said. The pair had planned to meet at Canadian Tire on Regent Avenue West Saturday morning — Krull was going to walk over there and he would drive the truck up later. He said he was still asleep when she left around 7 a. m., but heard the family dog cry out as she was leaving. “ I assumed that she had changed the plans — it’s not that uncommon,” he said. However, he became concerned when he hadn’t heard from her by 10 a. m. Volunteers are stepping back so as not to interfere with the police investigation, but public support has kept them going, Anderson said. “ I think the support is what she’s earned in life, like from the Scouting community and from us, her co- workers and her friends. She’s put so much good out that that comes back now, and you see the support in terms of volunteers and searchers,” he said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the missing persons unit at 204- 986- 6250 or Crime Stoppers at 204- 786- 8477. katie. may@ winnipegfreepress. com mike. mcintyre@ winnipegfreepress. com ‘ We don’t know what’s happened to Thelma. We’re on Day 5. As each day goes by, we get more and more concerned’ — Det.- Sgt. Shaunna Neufeld of the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit ( below), speaking at a news conference Wednesday Missing woman’s glasses found MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ( LEFT); SUBMITTED PHOTO ( RIGHT) Robert Krull ( above) says the family is trying to stay positive as the search continues for his wife, Thelma ( right). Discovered near Valley Gardens Community Centre By Katie May and Mike McIntyre MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS A police officer takes a photo near Valley Gardens Community Centre on Tuesday. Thelma Krull’s glasses were found in the area, police said. 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