3 years later, cousin of murdered Winnipeg woman still hopes family will find answers
41-year-old Marilyn Rose Munroe, found dead in Winnipeg home on Feb. 22, 2016, 'had a heart of gold'
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."
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."
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.
"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.