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Winnipeg police officer who had contact with Tina Fontaine back on duty

One of the two Winnipeg police officers who last had contact with Tina Fontaine before she disappeared — with her body later found in the Red River — has returned to work.

Another officer remains suspended without pay

The body of Tina Fontaine, 15, was recovered from the Red River in Winnipeg on Aug. 17, 2014. Her death is considered to be a homicide, but no arrests have been announced to date. (CBC)

One of the two Winnipeg police officers who last had contact with Tina Fontaine before she disappeared — with her body later found in the Red River — has returned to work.

The officer had been placed on administrative leave, but the internal process related to his case is complete and he has returned to duty, a police spokesperson confirmed to CBC News on Friday.

The other officer remains suspended without pay, as the process in his case is not yet complete, according to police.

The spokesperson would not give any further details about either case.

The officers had come across the 15-year-old girl as part of a traffic stop on Aug. 8, 2014 — a week after she had been reported missing — but did not take her into custody.

The officers apprehended the driver of a vehicle that Fontaine was in, but let the missing teen go.

Her body was recovered from the river on Aug. 17. Her death is considered to be a homicide, but no arrests have been announced to date.

Neither officer will face criminal charges in connection with Fontaine's case.

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