Remains of missing woman found in Winnipeg rooming house
Published Friday, May 10, 2013 10:12PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 10, 2013 11:26PM EDT
The remains of a woman who went missing more than seven years ago have been discovered in a Winnipeg rooming house after a days-long police search.
Police are treating the death of Myrna Letandre, 36, as a homicide. She was last seen in October 2006.
Investigators working on Project Devote, a joint effort by the RCMP and Winnipeg police to address unsolved cases of missing and murdered women in Manitoba, have been at the rooming house in Winnipeg’s north end since early Tuesday morning.
On Friday, the RCMP revealed that human remains were found inside. Neighbours say they heard investigators digging and hammering in the house.
“It just made everything so real,” the victim’s cousin, Sidney Letandre, told CTV News after getting the devastating news. “But at the same time it was kind of like a relief because now I’ve got some closure.”
Police are now investigating a possible link between Letandre’s case and a B.C. man who was recently arrested and charged in connection with his wife’s death.
Traigo Andretti, 37, is facing a second-degree murder charge after his wife Jennifer McPherson, 41, was found dead on Hanson Island, B.C.
Andretti and McPherson once lived in the same Winnipeg rooming house where Letandre’s remains were found.
After Andretti’s arrest, B.C. investigators called authorities in Winnipeg.
No one has been charged in connection with Letandre’s murder. Police say their investigation is still ongoing.
With a report from CTV’sWinnipeg Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon