By Tina Comeau
This week marks the 22nd anniversary of the unsolved murder of Mary Ann Lamrock.
Lamrock, a resident of East Pubnico, went missing in March 1990. Her remains were found in January 1992.
What has never been found, though, is the person or people responsible for her death.
And this is also in spite of the fact that Lamrock’s homicide is one of numerous cold cases listed on the Nova Scotia Department of Justice’s website in its Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. A reward of up to $150,000 exists for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s)
responsible for Lamrock’s murder.
“The major unsolved crimes rewards program has been well received by law enforcement as it gives police another tool to help solve crime. It also raises the awareness of all unsolved crime cases and that benefits police too,” says justice department spokesperson Dan Harrison. “In total, for all the cases in the program, we have had 40 solid tips from the public since the program began. I can't talk about any tips related to Ms. Lamrock's case for security reasons,” he adds. “To be eligible for a reward of up to $150,000, a tip must lead to a charge and conviction, and we haven’t had that happen yet.” Lamrock was reportedly last seen on March 6, 1990. Until her remains were found, her case was a missing person’s investigation. It wasn’t until January 1992, when three brothers out rabbit hunting found her skeletal remains in a wooded area alongside the Oak Park Road, that the status of her case changed to a homicide. An autopsy revealed she had been repeatedly stabbed.
Eight months earlier what appeared to be a shallow grave had been found on the opposite side of Highway 103, not far from where Lamrock’s remains were eventually found. Still, there is no proof that the chilling discovery was anything more than a coincidence in terms of its geography.
Through the years there have been many investigators involved in the case, but none more so than Corporal Dana Parsons of the South West Nova Major Crime Unit. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Lamrock’s death, Cpl, Parsons admitted the case has been both baffling and frustrating.
“It just seems like we’re going around and around and around,” he said at that time.
And now two more years have passed.
Throughout the RCMP investigation there are been a half dozen or so names that have surfaced, and the same theories are often thrown out by members of the public that do contact police about the case. But in the past Parsons has said that these people have either already been cleared of any involvement in the crime, or there is no evidence to link them to the crime.
Hunches alone cannot solve a case.
Anyone with information about Lamrock’s murder can call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
They can also call the Southwest Nova Major Crime Unit at 742-6839 or contact any local RCMP detachment.