Pair found dead in rooming house were couple, police say

Winnipeg police have revealed the identities of a man and woman found dead in a Wolseley area boarding house.

Man, woman found dead in rooming house were common-law couple, say Winnipeg police

Winnipeg police have revealed the identities of a man and woman found dead in a Wolseley area boarding house. CBC's Ryan Hicks reports. 1:57

Winnipeg police have revealed the identities of a man and woman found dead in a Wolseley area boarding house.

Officers uncovered a pair of bodies in a home on Chestnut Street early Wednesday morning after responding to a medical call.

Winnipeg police wheel a body out of a rooming house on Chestnut Street in Winipeg on Wednesday. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

On Thursday, officers identified the bodies as 19-year-old Unice Ophelia Crow and 31-year-old Trevor James Sinclair. The pair were in a common-law relationship, police said.

The pair had last had contact with their family members on Aug. 29, according to police, and their bodies may have been in the home for a period of time before they were discovered. 

"The deceased hadn't been seen for some time, and it does appear that someone in the area — I can't say for sure whether it's a resident [or] a neighbour — did come across the deceased," said Const. Jason Michalyshen.

Police searching nearby park

On Thursday afternoon, officers could be seen combing the nearby Vimy Ridge Park. Winnipeg police confirmed officers were searching for any evidence that could help them in their investigation in the couple's death.

Police are also waiting on the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.

Michalyshen said the tests would determine "what, if anything, is in their systems and you know that's important and valuable to investigators with respect to you know, what took place or what lead up to their death."

Michalyshen said officers currently have no suspects, and anyone who may have had contact with the pair since Aug. 29 is urged to contact police at 204-786-8477.

Woman planned to return to school

Crow was from Hnausa, Man., a small town about 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Last month, she completed a First Nations Youth Leadership Conference from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The day she completed the course she posted a photo of herself holding the certificate with the quote, "Got my Certificate in Leadership. Yay!!"

Unice Ophelia Crow recieves a certificate for completing a leadership course. She posted this photo to her Instagram account about a month ago. On Wednesday, she was found dead. (Instagram)

Her father, Casey James Owen, lives in Pauingassi with Crow's mother. Owen said Crow was planning on returning to high school soon to finish her schooling. She was to start her classes this week.

He said a band counsellor told him about his daughter’s death.

"My girlfriend, she just couldn’t talk. Same with me. I started to cry," he said.

Owen said Crow had been in the care of Child and Family Services at age 12 and moved from the Pauingassi First Nation to Winnipeg. She ran away once when she was 17, and she was released from CFS care at age 18.

Her mother, Doris, told CBC News the woman had only moved into the Chestnut Street boarding house three months ago, and in July, she was excited about her return to school.

Now, her family is waiting for answers about what happened to her.

Autopsy results are expected within days.