A day after the Winnipeg Police Service first arrested Kyle Alexander Pietz on June 4, 2018, in connection with the disappearance of Eduardo Balaquit, officers searched Pietz’s home, a court jury heard of Manitoba’s Queen’s Bench.
const. Susan Desender, exhibits officer with the WPS Forensic Identification Unit, said on Tuesday that on June 6, 2018, officers found a 7-Eleven bag in the fridge with a post-it note stuck to the bottom. .
“What is written at the top of this post-it? Brent Davidson, a crown attorney, asked Desender.
“It’s a yellow sticky note with a little stripe on the back and on top in black ink are numbers,” Desender said.
The numbers the jury heard matched personal identification numbers or PINs that Balaquit’s wife had previously said her husband used for his bank cards.
“At the time you photographed the exhibit, did you know that these were the same numbers that Ms. Balaquit told us were Eduardo’s pin codes? Davidson asked.
“No, I wasn’t,” Desender told the court.
The court previously heard from a suspect, who managed to withdraw $700 in cash from Balaquit’s account at an ATM at a 7-Eleven store on Ellice Avenue around 12:30 p.m. on June 5, 2018, wearing a red hoodie. One suspect the jury heard from was Pietz’s sister identified as his brother Kyle.
“On the back of the Post-It, on the sticky part, are what appear to be red fibers glued and attached to the sticky part,” Desender told the jury.
Desender testified that officers also found a black Westcon t-shirt in Pietz’s basement washing machine.
“He was damp and looked like he had been freshly washed,” the officer told the court.
The court has already heard Pietz quit his job at Westcon Equipment and Rentals weeks before Balaquit disappeared after leaving to clean up the business.
During cross-examination by Pietz’s attorneys, the court heard forensic officers search for blood during their search of Pietz’s vehicle, a blue Ford Escape, but none of the samples tested tested positive. And Desender testified that no swabs were taken for matching DNA samples obtained from a toothbrush belonging to Balaquit.
“There was no direct hit against Mr. Balaquit,” Desender said. “There was human DNA but not enough to process it.”
Desender testified that the Ford Escape typically comes equipped with a trunk liner, but the officer told the jury that police did not find one.
“Ford Escape rear trunk area, trunk liner was missing and the following was exposed: you could see the spare tire, jumper cables, ratchet straps and rubber bungee cord,” Desender said. to the court. “And the Escape’s interior surfaces, including the carpeted rear seatback and rear hatch plastic panels, were dirty and dusty, but the exhibits inside the rear trunk were clean.”
In addition to searching Pietz’s vehicle and home, the jury heard officers were also searching Westcon for evidence.
When asked by Pietz’s attorney if there was evidence of violence, Desender told the jury that police found no signs of bloodshed or broken glass or broken furniture.
The Crown alleged that Balaquit was killed during a robbery. His body has not been found.
Pietz has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and is presumed innocent.
The trial continues.