Weeks after he was reported missing, the remains of James Vernon Giesbrecht, a 37-year-old man from Brandon were identified earlier this month.

Back in October, Blue Hills RCMP responded to an area on the outskirts of the City of Brandon in the RM of Cornwallis. Officers located human remains when they arrived and an investigation was launched.

Over the course of the past four months, investigators have worked closely with a Forensic Anthropologist from Brandon University as well as the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to identify the remains and determine a cause of death.

Two months after the remains were found in October, James was reported missing on December 12. His death is being investigated as a homicide.

“We believe a number of people encountered and interacted with James in late September and early October,” said Cpl. Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba RCMP. “We need those people to immediately come forward and call the Tip Line at 1-431-489-8110. These individuals likely have vital information about his movements and acquaintances during that time that could significantly help the investigation.”

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen James in late September or early October to contact the RCMP by calling the Major Crime Services Tip Line at 1-431-489-8110.