Winnipeg man turns himself in after woman's body found in car

An area resident captured a photograph of police removing what appears to be a body from a silver car on Pear Tree Bay in Winnipeg on Thursday. Jenilee Rose Ballantyne, 22, was killed early Thursday, her body left in a grey civic on that St. Vital Street.

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WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has turned himself in on second-degree murder charges.

Jenilee Rose Ballantyne, 22, was found dead in an abandoned parked car on Thursday.

A few hours earlier, at 4:25 a.m., police had been called to a stabbing or assault in a home.

Ballantyne had been in the company of a man in the early morning hours of Friday. They got involved in a dispute, during which Ballantyne sustained serious injuries.

Police said the man then placed Ballantyne in a vehicle, drove her to a different area and abandoned her there.

Early Friday, Michael Daniel Bourget, 28, turned himself in to police. He was charged with second-degree murder.

An autopsy will be completed before police release details of the injuries that killed Ballantyne.

It's not clear what their relationship was.

Both the house and the vehicle, a grey Honda Civic, are connected to Bourget.

-- With files from David Larkins

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