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Family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits (MMIWG2S) gathered for their 14th annual Mother's Day Walk on Sunday. 

That included the family of April Carpenter, who say the 23-year-old is missing. Her mother, Carolyn Carpenter says she was last seen alone at the Health Sciences Centre on April 26, 2018 and last contacted her family over the phone from the Sudanese Centre at 129 Dagmar St. later that day.  

"There's been sightings and speculations but it hasn't been fruitful," Carolyn said. "It's kind of a different description of girls that looks similar to her." 

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Billy Dubery is a family friend of the Carpenters and says they have gathered a lot of information by going out into the community and speaking to people. He says family members have talked to police investigators briefly over the phone. 

Dubery and Carolyn both say April was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. 

"We've been trying to ask police to look for this man and ask him if he knows anything," Dubery said. "It's been kind of frustruating for the last few weeks. There has been very little communication between police and the family."

Carolyn says they found some of April's possessions in a garbage bin near an apartment building on Ellice not long after she went missing. 

"I found her sweater and a big clump of her hair," Carolyn said. 

Dubery says it's not like April to not be in touch with her friends and family regularly, and they will continue to look for her at all hours of the day. They hope the Mother's Day March can help spread the word. 

"I think the only thing we can do right now is create awareness," he said. "We need people to know the name April Carpenter. We need people to recognize her face and be aware that she's missing and we're concerned about her." 

According to the family, April is described as Ojibwe, 5"7 and 130 pounds with light brown hair and dark brown eyes. They say she sometimes wears glasses, has a one inch scar on the left side of her face and dimples on both sides of her mouth. 

They have started a Facebook page entitled Missing April Carpenter and ask anyone with information to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact police. 

Carolyn hopes dialogue with police will continue and they can work together to find her daughter. 

Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) Public Information Officer, Const. Jay Murray says April is formally listed as missing and confirmed members of the WPS have spoken to her family and opened a missing persons investigation. 

He says the report was made on May 2nd, and he asks anyone with information to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.