Body found in Red River identified as missing 23-year-old woman

Family of April Carpenter have confirmed her body was pulled from the Red River Wednesday afternoon

Family of April Carpenter have confirmed her body was pulled from the Red River Wednesday afternoon

The family of a 23-year-old woman whose body was pulled from the Red River on Wednesday is calling on anyone with information to speak up.

April Carpenter was last seen in Winnipeg's west end on April 23 around 8 p.m.

Police had asked the public for help finding Carpenter Tuesday, almost three weeks after she went missing.

Carolyn Carpenter said her daughter loved children and recently went back to school.

April Carpenter is shown in a Winnipeg Police Service handout photo.

They say it's not clear how the woman died and an autopsy has been scheduled.

"This is not how we wanted April to be found", said Billy Dubery, speaking on behalf of the family Thursday.

April Carpenter's mother, Carolyn Carpenter, spoke briefly to media Thursday. "We want somebody to come forward with any kind of information to give this family closure because we don't believe that April wanted to be in the river".

The family of the woman pulled from the Red River yesterday believes she's the victim of a crime.

Dubery described April as a "beautiful young girl" with "a lot of love in her heart".

Winnipeg police have been fairly quiet so far about Carpenter's case, as the investigation is in its early stages.

Dubery said family and friends are convinced something prevented April from reaching out to her family, noting she was typically in constant contact with her mom and sister.

Officers responded to the river bank in the 600 block of Kildonan Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

A family spokesperson said they believe her death was suspicious, and she was last seen at the Health Sciences Centre.

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