2006 murder case added to rewards program

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HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is hoping to close the case of a 2006 homicide in Halifax Regional Municipality through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

On June 20, 2006, at about 11 p.m., police were sent to 34 Sheppard's Run, Beechville. They found Wayne Marriott fatally shot and another person injured. The police investigation revealed possible suspects, however no one has been charged.

"I would ask that anyone who has information about this homicide to please come forward and call the rewards' line," said Justice Minister Lena Diab. "Mr. Marriott's family deserves closure. New details, no matter how small, can make a difference and help the police solve this case."

Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Marriott's death could receive up to $150,000.

"The public plays a key role in helping solve crime," said Chief Supt. Roland Wells, Halifax District RCMP. "We rely on tips and information from them to shed new light on unsolved crimes. Financial incentives offered under this program could be the motivating factor that prompts someone to come forward with information."

Police believe there are people who have information about this case that could result in an arrest and possible charges. Any person with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first degree murder in relation to the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock.

In October 2013, information received through the program also assisted the RCMP in an investigation that led to the arrest of one person for the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey.  

Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

The program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. There are now 71 cases in the program.

For more information on this case and others visit www.gov.ns.ca/just.

Organizations: Rewards for Major, RCMP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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