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Salvador Lemus - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1990)
« on: April 06, 2007, 12:40:16 AM »
The Salvador Lemus Murder
On the morning of Sunday, September 2, 1990, the body of 38-year old Salvador Lemus was found along the west bank of the Red River, about 400 yards from the foot of the Provencher Bridge close to the Juba Park walkway. He had been stabbed once in the throat.

Both his shirt and shoes were off, found laying on the path about 40? from his body. In addition several abrasions were noted on his face, suggesting he may have been involved in a fight before he was stabbed.

Salvador, who left his wife and children behind in El Salvador, had trouble adjusting to life in Winnipeg after coming here as a refugee in 1988. He had a poor command of the English language, was unemployed and tended to be a bit of a loner. He lived in the downtown area, was involved in petty crimes and was a frequent visitor to the Balmoral Hotel where he liked to drink. He also hung out in Central Park where he occasionally played soccer with other Salvadorians.

His roommate last saw Salvador alive in their Princess Street apartment at 10:00 am on Saturday morning (September 1, 1990). When his roommate returned home at 4:00 pm Salvador was not home and there was no indication where he had gone and no one recalls seeing him that day.

One possible witness, going to work at a local bar, recalls seeing a male similar in appearance to Salvador entering Juba Park off Bannatyne Avenue shortly after 9:00 pm on Saturday night. He was in company with a second male that was described as being about 5?6?, stocky build, and in his mid-30?s.

 It is unknown why Salvador would have been in Juba Park as he was not known to frequent this area. However, it is known that many Salvadorians would take in a boat cruise, especially if a Spanish band were playing. As the docks for the River Rouge are just on the other side of the Provencher Bridge, it is possible that Salvador was going to meet someone on the boat that night.

Robbery is one possible motive as a black folding wallet he usually carried was missing.  However, he may also have been lured to the walkway by someone who held a personal grudge.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477), or e-mail Sgt. Al Bradbury and Det. Jon Lutz of the Cold Case Homicide Unit.


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Re: Salvador Lemus - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1990)
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 04:59:36 PM »
- The media reported his age as 37 years.

- The media also reported Salvador was of "no fixed address".