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Thelma Krull: Search for missing woman continues 3 months on

Sunday marks three months since Thelma Krull went missing from the north part of Transcona.

Krull, 57, went out on a walk the morning of July 11 and never returned

Sunday marks three months since Thelma Krull went missing from the north part of Transcona. 1:37
Sunday marks three months since Thelma Krull went missing from the north part of Transcona.
Winnipeg police are asking for the public's help finding 57-year-old Thelma Krull. Krull's favourite colour is purple, the colour now worn by searchers and supporters in her honour. (Krull family)

The 57-year-old set out on a walk on the morning of July 11. When she never returned, family became concerned and called police.

pair of Krull's glasses were found on the grounds of Valley Gardens Community Centre four days after she went missing. Aside from that, investigators have admitted to running low on leads in the case.

Krull has been missing for 93 days. Family and people from the community have been looking for her since July and they were back at it again combing the Valley Gardens area Sunday morning.

Wearing purple headbands and shirts in honour of Krull, the five searchers expressed frustration at the dwindling number of volunteers that are coming out for the weekly searches.

Bill McCausland arranges weekly searches for Krull through a Facebook page dedicated to her. He's watched the search party shrink consistently over time.

"That is what is really heartbreaking.... I can't understand why nobody wants to come out and help us," McCausland said.

"Coming across nothing; it's hard. We're at the point where we're even yelling her name."

Less than 10 people are showing up for the weekly searches at this point, McCausland said,

'A mom to everyone'

Searcher Susan Dell works with Krull and said she misses talking with her over the wall separating their desks. The two work for S.P.I.K.E. (Special People in Kildonan East), a support agency that helps people with mental and physical disabilities.

"She'd want us to keep going and she wouldn't want her clients to suffer," said Dell, adding Krull was "like a mom to everyone." 

"If she could see the support and the amount of people, I mean total strangers [looking for her], I think she would be shocked."

Dell was out of town but came home to help when she heard Krull was missing. Dell said she has difficult moments every day at work that are almost unbearable.

"I think of her and I think of what she would tell me," said Dell. "She would always ground me, she'd say, 'Oh no, everything's going to be OK and you guys need to make it work."

Not giving up

She added that she won't give up the search until Krull is located. 

"We miss you so much, we want you home," said Dell. "It's Thanksgiving weekend and we need you to come home to your family."

McCausland encouraged Winnipeggers to join the weekly search this fall.

"The weather's beautiful still and we want to continue this until the snowfall," he said.

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

Krull is described as five foot four inches tall, 170 pounds and has short dyed-blonde hair with a purple streak and glasses. She was last seen wearing a bright orange T-shirt, ¾ length capri pants, a black fanny pack and tan coloured hiking shoes.

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