Man found in medical distress has died; Winnipeg police still unable to identify him

A young man found in medical distress in Winnipeg more than a month ago has died, but police have been unsuccessful in identifying him and are asking for help.

Police say the young man in his late teens or early 20s was found in the early morning hours of August 5 when emergency services were called to a well-being check at a McDonald’s at 1186 Main Street. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Police released images of the man to the public on Sept. 6 in an effort to identify him, but were unsuccessful.

On Thursday, police confirmed the man has died. Though police do not believe there was any foul play connected, they are once again trying to identify him and notify his family.

He is described as having a thin build and short black hair. He had no personal belongings with him, but was wearing black pants, and a pair of black and red size 11 US Nike Air Jordan shoes.

A pair of size 11 US Nike Air Jordan shoes, coloured black with red and purple accents, worn by an unknown man who died in August 2022. (Winnipeg Police handout)

Police said shortly after 12:30 a.m. on August 5, he got on a bus around McPhillips Street and Mountain Avenue and got off at Main Street and Mountain Avenue. He then walked to the nearby McDonald’s where he was found by police and emergency crews around 1:25 a.m.

“Detectives have attempted to identify the deceased through numerous investigative avenues, including fingerprinting and missing person reports, as well as sharing information with community-based groups and law enforcement agencies, but have been unsuccessful,” police said in a news release.

They are asking anyone with information to contact the major crimes unit. 

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