A woman is found dead inside a downtown Winnipeg apartment. A man's body is discovered on the outskirts of the city. A rural home is surrounded by police tape for days.
Three separate cases, three lingering mysteries. And a continued cone of silence from police.
The Free Press has attempted in recent weeks to gain additional information about the criminal probes, which have been the subject of numerous rumours and requests from the public for followup stories.
But the answers have basically been the same. The investigations are ongoing. No further details are available.
Here is a quick synopsis of where things stand -- and where they may be headed:
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-- THE SCENE: March 7, 2014. RCMP say they are investigating the discovery of a body found on a property in the RM of MacDonald. They call it a homicide and only identify the victim as a 59-year-old man. His name, and other details about the case, are not released. Police remain on scene for several days.
-- THE SECOND SCENE: April 12, 2014. The same property where the body was found weeks earlier goes up in smoke, the result of what RCMP later say was a controlled fire as part of a training exercise. No other details are provided, but justice sources admit it's highly unusual for a confirmed crime scene to be deliberately burned down so soon after the incident.
-- WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED: Pretty much nothing. Like all mysteries, there are many rumours out there about what may have occurred, but RCMP remain tight-lipped. They confirm no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Several neighbours spoken to admit they are in the dark as well.
-- WHAT'S THE DELAY?: Unlike a lot of homicide cases, this isn't an open-and-shut type of case. Interviews and followup investigation, including forensic results, can take a long time.
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-- THE SCENE: March 21, 2014. Police find the body of an adult woman inside a residence in the 200 block of Balmoral Street. Police call it a suspicious death and say the investigation is continuing. No other information has been released.
-- WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED: Court documents show an arrest was made as part of the ongoing probe. Shane Quon, 43, has been charged with forcible confinement of a 23-year-old woman, who sources say is the same woman who was found dead. The charge only indicates she was confined on March 16 and Quon was arrested March 17. No other details, such as the nature of the alleged confinement or what happened to the woman, are included.
-- WHAT'S THE DELAY?: Sources say autopsy results, specifically toxicology reports, are a key part of the case. As well, senior justice officials are likely being consulted about how to handle the matter.
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-- THE SCENE: May 26, 2014. RCMP descend upon La Salle, the quiet bedroom community just southwest of Winnipeg, and begin what they will only say is a criminal investigation. At the centre of the probe is a home surrounded by yellow crime-scene tape for about 48 hours. Numerous marked and unmarked police vehicles are seen coming and going, day and night, while officers interview several people in the neighbourhood and appear to remove several items from the bungalow. No other details are provided.
-- WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED: A justice source calls the situation "complex" but won't disclose any further information about the nature of it. Neighbours identify the occupants of the home as a same-sex couple who recently adopted an infant, believed to be an aboriginal girl. One of the men answered a knock at his front door days later but declined to speak with a Free Press reporter.
-- WHAT'S THE DELAY?: It's hard to say, given there is no information about what kind of criminal case this is. Sure, there are many rumours, but RCMP continue to be coy, refusing to answer specific questions about theories the Free Press has heard. For now, the waiting continues.