On June 7, 2021, Selkirk RCMP received a report that 40-year-old Clifford Joseph was missing in the RM of St. Clements. Later that day, Joseph’s vehicle, a 1997 Ford Ranger, was located abandoned in a rural area, off Road 44 East. The RCMP Search and Rescue team was deployed and conducted a search of the area. Joseph was not located.
On June 11, 2021, RCMP investigators had enough evidence to determine that Joseph’s disappearance was suspicious in nature. RCMP Major Crime Services took the lead on the investigation.
Further investigation led officers to determine that Eric Paul Wildman, 34, from the RM of St. Clements was a person of interest in the disappearance of Joseph and put out a request to the public and the media for assistance.
On June 11, 2021, Wildman’s vehicle was recovered. A search warrant was obtained, and the vehicle was searched on June 13, 2021. During that search, officers found firearms, police tactical equipment, police patches, and other items resembling police clothing. It is undetermined whether Wildman has any additional police-related clothing or equipment, or firearms.
He was formally charged with Unsafe Transportation of a Firearm and Possession of a Prohibited Device without a Licence. There is a warrant for his arrest on those charges.
RCMP investigators further determined from the evidence that Wildman is a suspect in the homicide of Joseph. The RCMP continues to try to locate Wildman and take him safely into custody.
He is considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach Wildman.
Police are searching a rural property in the RM of St. Clements on June 15, 2021. The RCMP will be providing visuals from the scene as well as an on-camera media availability at RCMP Headquarters in Winnipeg on June 15, 2021.
“An investigation is ever evolving, we follow where the evidence leads us and update the public with the most accurate information we have” said Superintendent Michael Koppang, Officer in Charge of RCMP Major Crime Services. “At this time, we consider Eric Wildman to be dangerous and potentially armed. Our officers across southern Manitoba are trying to locate him and we are also working closely with the Winnipeg Police Service as he was last seen in the East Kildonan area. This situation continues to change, and we are committed to keeping the public informed of any developments.”
If you have information relating to Eric Wildman, please call 911 or the RCMP tip line at 431-489-8551.