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A vigil for Simone Sanderson is held last year on Burrows Avenue where her body was found.

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A vigil for Simone Sanderson is held last year on Burrows Avenue where her body was found.

A Winnipeg woman found dead in a vacant lot more than 15 months ago may have met her killer through social media.

Simone Sanderson

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Simone Sanderson

Police released new details Wednesday in the unsolved slaying of Simone Sanderson in hopes of getting fresh leads.

The 23-year-old woman's body was found under a pile of leaves near the intersection of Burrows Avenue and Main Street on Sept. 2, 2012. She had been reported missing a week earlier.

Police have now revealed Sanderson was in the sex trade when she died, was known to regularly use illicit drugs and frequented the area where she was killed.

Police also said Sanderson was using "social-media platforms" such as Facebook to make contact with potential clients. It's possible that's how she came into contact with her killer.

She was last seen in the West Broadway neighbourhood on the evening of Aug. 26, 2012, wearing a pink skirt and black sports bra.

Family members had told the Free Press Sanderson began a "downward spiral" in spring 2012 due to problems in her home life.

"She took comfort in drugs and going out a lot -- too much," said her grandfather, Oliver Sanderson. "She took comfort in things she shouldn't (have). She was on welfare but was planning to go to school and go to AA meetings. But we stopped hearing from her."

Sanderson and his wife raised Simone since she was a baby.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

-- Mike McIntyre

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