Search for Thelma Krull draws more than 100 volunteers

More than 100 people gathered on Monday evening to help Thelma Krull's family search for the missing 57-year-old Winnipeg woman.

Krull, 57, was last seen leaving north Transcona home to go hiking on Saturday morning

More than 100 people gathered on Monday evening to help Thelma Krull's family search for the missing 57-year-old Winnipeg woman.

Krull was last seen Saturday morning at her home in the north Transcona area. She had gone hiking near Chief Peguis Trail to train for an upcoming seven-day trip.

When she failed to show up for her grandson's birthday that afternoon, family members became concerned and reported her missing.

Winnipeg police are asking for the public's help finding Thelma Krull, who has been missing since Saturday morning. (Winnipeg Police Service)
A crowd gathered shortly before 6 p.m. Monday in front of Krull's home on Filbert Crescent for the third organized search effort.

Her children, Lisa Besser and Robert Krull, handed out maps to groups of volunteer searchers. They focused on fields, trails and walkways near the Chief Peguis Trail, Transcona Boulevard and Henderson Highway.

"We identified a bunch of areas we haven't yet hit, so we posted on Facebook and the support is absolutely amazing," Besser said.

Strangers joined Krull's family members and friends in the search.

Among those who helped were Roberta James and her family from Stony Mountain. They had planned a girls' reunion dinner for Monday but they wanted to search for Krull instead.

"I know what it's like to lose a family member," said James, who lost her 15-year-old son seven years ago. "Had to be out there to help."

Besser said the family will keep looking for Krull until she is found.

"We're really strong, being able to hold it together — think that actually comes from my mom," Besser said.

"She's a really strong lady and we're hoping she's being really strong right now, wherever she is."

Krull is described as five feet four inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. She has short dyed-blonde hair with a purple streak in it.

Police say she's believed to be wearing black capris, a reddish-orange shirt, glasses and dark-coloured shoes, possibly hiking boots.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service missing persons unit at (204) 986-6250.​

Police are also asking anyone with security cameras installed outside their homes and businesses in the area where Krull was last seen to review any video recorded between 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone whose security video footage shows Krull is urged to contact the missing persons unit.

With files from the CBC's Erin Brohman