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Tania Marsden - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1998)
« on: April 06, 2007, 12:46:17 AM »
The Tania Marsden Murder
Tania Marsden was last seen alive on Wednesday, September 9th, 1998, the night of her 18th birthday. She was with friends at the Gordon Downtowner Motor Hotel, located at 330 Kennedy Street. The bartender recalls her arriving at the hotel between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and that he had checked her identification (Indian Status Card) to ensure she was 18 before serving her. The girls left approximately 1 hour later, each going their separate ways.

Several days before she disappeared Tania had scheduled an appointment to meet with a Social Service worker on Thursday morning (September 10th, 1998), however she never kept this appointment. Her body, weighted down with a cement block, was subsequently found partially submerged in the Assiniboine River near the Perimeter Hwy on September 29th, nearly three weeks after she was last seen alive. The cause of death was determined to be from ligature asphyxiation (strangulation) and the condition of her body suggested she had been in the river for several weeks (consistent with her disappearance on September 9/10, 1998).

No identification was found on the body, however several months after the murder Tania?s Indian Status card was returned to Indian and Northern Affairs by Canada Post. It had obviously been found and dropped in a mailbox and the location where it was found may hold a clue to this case, however the finder of the identification has never been determined. Nevertheless the Homicide Unit was contacted by an anonymous source who provided sufficient information indicating they knew who the killer(s) was. This person has never contacted the police again, however investigators would like to hear from them again.

As Tania worked, and was last seen in the downtown area, based on the location of her body near the West Perimeter Bridge, there is a possibility that the suspect knows, works or frequents this area. As this area is not visible because of the bridge and is only accessible by a gravel road that runs parallel to and then underneath the highway, it may not be that well known to people outside the St James/Charleswood area.
If you have any information about this case, please contact Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477), or e-mail Sgt. Al Bradbury and Det. Jon Lutz of the Cold Case Homicide Unit.


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Re: Tania Marsden - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1998)
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 12:53:13 PM »
- The time of Tania's body discovery was 4:05 pm.

- When Tania's body was discovered, her body had been bound.

- When Tania was last seen alive, she was wearing a black track suit with white striping.

- Tania was a prostitute who frequented the core area of Ellice and Sargent.


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Re: Tania Marsden - Unsolved Murder (Winnipeg 1998)
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 01:08:52 PM »
I have never seen an Indian Status card, but whoever found it, must have read on the card, the instructions to return it to Ottawa if found.  Sounds to me that this was a good citizen who took the time to pop it into a mailbox, with hopes that it would returned to it's owner.?
 How easy is it, to find cement blocks and rope, etc?  I wonder if the killer knew her and did not want her to be found. I am thinking that a "bad date" would not go to all of  this trouble).
He probably came prepared, and may have done this before.
Such a loss!!

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