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Winnipeg Police Asking For Help Solving Homicide


Winnipeg Police are asking the public for assistance in solving the murder of Melissa Cook who died on August 20, 2022. She passed away in hospital after suffering severe burns to her body. They are hoping to speak with anyone who knew about her injuries or anyone who may have been similarly victimized.

Melissa was an Indigenous woman from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation (near the Swan River area) and had been living in Winnipeg since April. She was 5’3” in height with a medium build, brown eyes, and brown hair. The Winnipeg Police Service became involved in the investigation into Melissa’s injuries on August 25 after being notified by Chief Medical Examiner’s Office that her death had been ruled a homicide. Based on the investigation to date, detectives believe the following: - Melissa was unhoused while in Winnipeg and may have resided in encampments. She had also spent time at Siloam Mission and in the South Point Douglas area. - She likely sustained her burns between late June and early July. - In early July, she notified a shelter about her injuries and was transported to a hospital, where she remained until her passing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crimes Investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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