Senior’s death investigated as homicide
Neighbours of an elderly man whose death is being treated as a homicide by Winnipeg police are perplexed by the incident on their West End street.
Officers were sent to a home in the 700 block of Sherburn Street near Ellice Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday after being told the body of a man was inside.
No traces of a police investigation remained at the two-storey stucco-clad home today.
“Suspicious circumstances surround the incident,” the Winnipeg Police Service said in a news release this morning. “The death is being treated as a homicide.”
Homicide detectives identified the victim as James Monaghan, 74, of Winnipeg. No suspects have been arrested.
Andrea Venton, 45, has lived on Sherburn with her husband since 2012. She saw a lot of police investigating at the scene.
“There was a forensics vehicle, and there was two cruisers, and a van around the corner… all of Saturday,” she said.
She said an elderly woman owned the home — who she believed was the mother of the victim — at one point. At one point, it appeared someone other than the victim who lived in the home was involved in suspicious activity.
“That’s always kind of been the dodgy house on the street, ever since we moved in,” Venton said. “We’ve always kept an eye out for that house.”
Venton said the victim moved in after his mother died or moved about four or five years ago. More recently, she often saw people show up at the house and sit on the porch with the victim.
Steve Taylor, 75, has owned his Sherburn Street home since 1977, and apart from some time living in Edmonton, has lived there since.
He didn’t see any commotion last week until he went outside around 9 p.m. Friday and saw a “fair amount of police.”
“They were taking pictures. I was sitting on the step, and I could see flashes in there,” Taylor said, pointing to the home where the victim’s body was found.
Taylor said he had wondered why he hadn’t seen the man sitting on his porch from morning until well into the evening, as he often did during the warm months.He said police remained at the scene until at least Sunday.
Abby Neufeld, 24, moved into her boyfriend’s Sherburn Street house last fall. She saw police investigators removing evidence bags from the home.
“He was always on his porch, the guy that lived there, but I hadn’t seen him for a couple days,” she said, adding she last saw the victim on July 25.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call the homicide unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Erik Pindera reports for the city desk, with a particular focus on crime and justice.
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