Manitoba

3 years later, cousin of murdered Winnipeg woman still hopes family will find answers

Friday marked three years since Marilyn Rose Munroe was found dead inside a North End Winnipeg drug house, and police are still trying to piece together the missing pieces that form her last days.

41-year-old Marilyn Rose Munroe, found dead in Winnipeg home on Feb. 22, 2016, 'had a heart of gold'

Marilyn Rose Munroe, 41, was found dead in a Pritchard Avenue house on Feb. 22, 2016. (Facebook)

A close cousin of a Winnipeg mother killed three years ago hopes a new plea for information in the homicide will lead to catching a killer and give closure to her family.

Friday marked three years to the day since Marilyn Rose Munroe, a 41-year-old mother of four, was found dead in a Pritchard Avenue home.

"It's very hard because you don't know what happened," said Munroe's cousin Nora, who considered the slain woman a sister.

"You just relive it and you just think the same thing over and over — I wonder what happened to her. I wonder who could have done this to her."

Nora Munroe wants justice for her slain cousin Marilyn Rose Munroe, who she called a sister. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Investigators are adamant someone knows something and each year on the anniversary of her death have issued a new plea for information.

Winnipeg police Const. Tammy Skrabek called Friday morning for anyone with information in the homicide to come forward. She pointed out the number of people who went in and out of the North End home where Munroe was found, saying it was known to be a meth house.

"We know there is more than one person out there who has details of what happened to her because of the number of people frequenting this home. We're really appealing to those people."

Winnipeg police Const. Tammy Skrabek said investigators have interviewed about 70 people since the killing. She said most are connected to the drug world and a few are considered possible suspects. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

She said Munroe was battling an addiction to meth.

"She unfortunately was, from all appearances, basically a victim of the drug community and the methamphetamine community."

Munroe was last seen on Feb. 12, 2016, near Selkirk Avenue and Andrews Street, after leaving a social agency where she met with a worker. Her body was found 10 days later, on Feb. 22, in the Pritchard Avenue home she had recently moved out of.

Investigators have interviewed as many as 70 people since the killing, Skrabek said. Most are connected to the drug world — some are meth dealers while others are users of the drug. Included in the group are a few potential suspects, she said.

Many tips about the killing have come in, Skrabek said, and while some have gone nowhere police are pursuing other leads.

'She loved everyone'

Nora is still baffled by the thought someone would want to hurt her cousin, who she remembered as a chatty lady who loved going to Portage Place mall.

"I can't figure [out] who would want to hurt such a person. You know, she was very kind," she said.

Marilyn Rose Munroe had fallen into the illicit-drug community, police said. (Facebook)

"She was very open-hearted and she loved everyone. I mean, I'm sure a lot of people say that. That's the thing to say when someone passes, but … she had a heart of gold."

Police aren't revealing details of how they believe Munroe was killed, saying they can't be released until the killer is caught — but they are confident foul play was involved.

"It was clear at the time that it was a homicide," Skrabek said.

Family members are planning a march for Munroe on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. on Pritchard Avenue.

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​Austin Grabish started reporting when he was young, landing his first byline when he was just 18. He joined CBC in 2016 after freelancing for several outlets. ​​In 2018, he was part of a team of CBC journalists who won the Ron Laidlaw Award for the corporation's extensive digital coverage on asylum seekers crossing into Canada. Email: austin.grabish@cbc.ca