The Evelyn Edith Kebalo Murder
On the morning of Tuesday, April 19, 1977, the lifeless body of 55-year old Evelyn Kebalo was found stripped naked and laying in the middle of the Pritchard Park playground, located on the south-west corner of Manitoba Avenue and Charles Street. She had been sexually assaulted. The cause of death was determined to be manual strangulation.
The last known movements of Ms. Kebalo are somewhat sketchy, however it is known that she had spent the previous day with her sister. They had dinner together and then went to several downtown hotels. The two parted company at the Mount Royal Hotel on Higgins Avenue sometime after 11:30 p.m., at which time Ms. Kebalo possibly went to the Bell Hotel. She was last believed to be the in company of two males, described as follows:
Possibly a native male, 35-40-years old, 6?1?, 210 pds (good build), wearing blue jeans and a red & orange ?lumberjack? jacket. The male walked with a noticeable limp.
Native male, 40-years, husky build, ?dirty looking?, had a mustache and wore gray pinstripe pants. One of the males had lighter brown hair.
During a canvass of the area, the police located several witnesses, one of whom was a teenage boy who had been near the park at about 2:30 a.m. when the assault occurred. The youth observed a vehicle pull into the park, shut its lights off and three males get out. He observed one of the males strike Kebalo, knocking her to the ground. The youth did not know if the victim had been in the car as well, or had merely been walking through the park when the car pulled in. It is presumed that the victim had been in the car, however she lived less than a half block from the park.
All three males subsequently jumped on Kebalo and tore the clothing off her body. The males continued to assault her for about 10 minutes before leaving the park and exiting in their vehicle, driving north on Charles Street and then west on Manitoba Avenue. The youth subsequently described the car as being a 4-door sedan, red in colour with possible damage to the left rear fender. He indicated it may have been a Ford product, similar to a 1968 Meteor.
Although his descriptions were somewhat vague, the youth indicated one of the suspects called out the name ?Ted?. He described the three suspects as follows, the descriptions of two of them being consistent with the last known people to have been with the victim:
Driver of the car ? Male, late 20?s, early 30?s, light wavy brown hair that was ?fluffed out?, about 5?6? in height and had a husky build.
Male, 27-28 years old, black shoulder length hair and mustache, possibly 6? tall and weighing 160 pds. Walked with a limp and wore a blue ?lumberjack? style jacket.
Male, black shoulder length hair. No further description.
Another witness, who heard a woman screaming sometime around 2:00 a.m., looked out her window and saw three men run from the park and get into a large red 4-door sedan, possibly a 1966-67 Ford product, that may have had rust above the left wheel well, an aerial on the right rear fender and two decals on the left side of the rear window. This witness was unable to provide a description of the suspects.
In October 1977 the police arrested three suspects, however when two of them could provide alibis? showing that they were probably not even in the province (or the country) at the time of the murder the Crown stayed the charges. As such this case remains open and unsolved.
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.http://winnipeg.ca/police/Unsolved_Cases/Homicides/1977_kebalo.stm