The family of Eduardo Balaquit is pleading for information two years after his unexplained disappearance.
Balaquit, 59, was last seen between 6 and 9 p.m. on June 4, 2018, near 380 Keewatin St., where he was supposed to be doing his regular janitorial work.
His van was found nearby the next day with the passenger window smashed in, a cellphone on the seat and personal belongings inside.
Investigators once referred to Eduardo as “very likely” a homicide victim. He was referred to Thursday as a “victim of crime.”
“It’s been a long and difficult two years,” his family said in a statement issued Thursday by the Winnipeg Police Service.
“Our only wish is for our dad to walk through our doors and finally say, ‘I’m home.’ It’s never too late to do the right thing, if you have any information, please help us bring him home.”
‘Someone, somewhere knows’
The police are issuing another call for information “because we know someone, somewhere knows more about what happened to Eduardo,” said Sgt. Wade McDonald of the homicide unit.
“We’ve taken important steps forward with this investigation, but we appeal to the community to help us close this case for Eduardo’s family — for the community. We need your help.”
Police believe a blue Ford Escape SE, with a model year between 2010 and 2015, was in the area of Balaquit’s workplace the night of his disappearance.
The vehicle later travelled to the Arborg area, where police have searched extensively. Officers believe evidence related to Balaquit’s whereabouts are in the rural community or regions between Winnipeg and Arborg.
“Investigators would like to remind the public, including those in rural areas, to be aware of any unusual items they may find in the area. Items that may seem insignificant to the casual observer may have significant relevance to the investigation,” the news release says.
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