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RCMP say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was recently discovered by police as a homicide.

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RCMP say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was recently discovered by police as a homicide.

In early October, Blue Hills RCMP went to a rural area on the city’s outskirts in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis. There, they found what appeared to be human remains.

Major Crime Services began an investigation and, over the next four months, worked with a forensic anthropologist from Brandon University and the office of the Chief Medical Officer to identify the remains and determine cause of death.

James Giesbrecht (Submitted)

Earlier this month, RCMP identified the remains as 37-year-old James Vernon Giesbrecht from Brandon. Giesbrecht had been reported missing from the Brandon area on Dec. 12, 2022.

At that time, the Brandon Police Service had issued a request for help finding Giesbrecht, as he hadn’t been seen or been in contact with his family since Oct. 16. That’s around the time RCMP had discovered the body, but had not yet identified it as Giesbrecht. Brandon police said his family believed he may be living in a homeless encampment around Brandon and they were concerned for his well-being.

On Dec. 14, the Brandon Bear Clan posted photos of Giesbrecht to its Facebook page, asking for anyone who had seen him to contact them. On Jan. 6, the organization shared the BPS request for help finding him.

On Tuesday, RCMP said they believe a number of people interacted with Giesbrecht in late September and early October.

“We need those people to immediately come forward,” Cpl. Julie Courchaine said in a news release. “These individuals likely have vital information about his movements and acquaintances during that time that could significantly help the investigation.”

Investigators ask anyone who may have seen Giesbrecht in late September or early October to contact the RCMP by calling the Major Crime Services tip line at 1-431-489-8110.

RCMP didn’t release further information.

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