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Group plans to drag Winnipeg's Red River for bodies

Some families of missing women in Manitoba are planning to drag the bottom of Winnipeg's Red River for bodies.

Group plans to drag Red River in search for bodies

8 years ago
Duration 0:54
Bernadette Smith, who's sister Claudette Osborne disappeared in 2008 and hasn't been seen since, is part of a group planning to drag the Red River for bodies.
Claudette Osborne was 21 when she went missing in 2008. (Manitoba Integrated Task Force)
Some families of missing women in Manitoba are planning to drag the bottom of Winnipeg's Red River for bodies.

“We don't know possibly if there are bodies in there [but] we need to do something. We're tired of just sitting in our houses and waiting for somebody else to find them," said Bernadette Smith, whose sister Claudette Osborne disappeared in 2008 and hasn't been seen since.

“The water washes away evidence, so that would be a good place to start looking, searching.”

Smith said when the body of Tina Fontaine was found in the the river last month, it made her wonder how many others could be down there. So she created a group called Drag the Red.

Tina Fontaine, shown in this Facebook profile picture from January, was discovered in a bag in the Red River in August. (Facebook)
"Finding a 15-year-old in a garbage bag thrown in the river certainly brings a call to action for our community," she said.

The Drag the Red group will attach dragging poles to boats to rake the bottom of the Red.

On Sunday, a feast and pipe ceremony will be held at the Alexander Docks, where Fontaine's body was recovered.

Then the search begins next week.

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