Melanson Checkpoint – update

The CH has more information this morning which makes this whole exercise by the authorities even more puzzling.Is this the “information” they will be passing out for only half an hour this afternoon?

The RCMP is releasing new information in the investigation of a Kings County woman’s murder two years ago.

Leslie Ann Conrad of Lower Wolfville was reported missing Oct. 5, 2006, after one of her children contacted Ms. Conrad’s parents. Her body was found Nov. 22 in a shallow grave off a woods road in Robinson Corner, about seven kilometres south of her home.

Police say forensic evidence has determined the body of the 45-year-old mother of four was placed there within 24 hours of the last reported sighting of her.

Const. Les Kakonyi said investigators are asking anyone who saw any people or vehicles on Melanson Mountain Road in the afternoon or evening of Oct. 5 or early on Oct. 6, 2006, to contact Kings RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

The RCMP are setting up this checkpoint on or near the anniversary of her body being found, not on the anniversary of when the body was apparently buried according to the forensics, which to us would have made more sense. But this case is senseless from every point of view you can think of.

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We see in today’s Register that the Kings RCMP, SW Nova Major crime Unit, and Annapolis Valley Traffic unit, will put up a checkpoint tomorrow from 1 pm to 1:30 near Wolfville in the Melanson Mountain road area.

Their goal is to increase awareness of the ongoing homicide investigation into the murder of Leslie Ann Conrad.

A handout will be provided to motorists which will explain what investigators are looking for.

It has been over two years since Leslie was murdered and two years in which not much has happened in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation isasked to contact the RCMP Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit, 902-679-5561; or NS Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477). The Nova Scotia Department of Justice is offering cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes.

We can always hope this will lead to something but what needed to be done two years ago cannot be done now.

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3 responses to “Melanson Checkpoint – update

  1. “The RCMP are setting up this checkpoint on or near the anniversary of her body being found, not on the anniversary of when the body was apparently buried according to the forensics, which to us would have made more sense. But this case is senseless from every point of view you can think of.”

    To the Author of this piece, your pessimistic attitude is not one that is going to help solve anything.

    This is a very complex case, and unfortunatley it’s not as simple as arresting “people of interest” and having them confess. In regards to this case, I do not believe there is a single officer working on this case who doesn’t know exactly who did this, but it doesn’t end there. The individual responsible for this terrible crime is well coached, and unfortunatley arresting him for 24 hours is not enough. Investigators need more time to break him.

    On another note, evidence is something that they didn’t have until weeks after her being reported missing. In the meantime, much of it had been destroyed.

    All that I ask, is as an Author, investigator, reporter: dig deeper. Find something worth writing about rather than ripping apart any attempts to try to solve this case.

  2. Do you think our pessimism, or criticism of their ineffectiveness so far will make the RCMP work less hard on solving the case? We think not. On the contrary, it should prompt them to work harder, if anything. If that wasn’t so we would be even more critical of them.
    The list of unsolved murders in the province is getting rather long. We think that when this happens people are inclined to think they can get away with murder – and they do.

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