The Winnipeg Police Service is investigating the vandalism of Louis Riels grave as a possible hate crime and are asking for the publicís help to find a man they believe was involved.
Police received a call on Oct. 17 alerting them to damage to Rielís headstone at the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery. Images of the headstone at the time of the incident show scratches across the image of Rielís face and name.
Police said the Major Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
On Wednesday, the anniversary of Rielís execution in 1885, police released an image of an adult man who was at the cemetery on Oct. 14 at approximately 4 p.m. Police believe this person was involved in the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.