On April 1, 2014, shortly before 3:00 pm, members of the Winnipeg Police Service were summoned to apartment building at 425 Elgin Ave regarding a deceased male.
Upon arrival, Police discovered a deceased male in a suite at this location.
The victim has been identified as John David Goundry (51) years of Winnipeg.
Police indicate an autopsy has been completed, however, the cause of death is not being released at this time.
Police believe the murder occurred between March 2 – 7, 2014 within the victim’s suite. To date, the investigation has revealed the victim had a small group of friends who visited him at his residence. The public’s assistance is being requested to help identify anyone who may have been involved in the victim’s life or visited him at his suite during the dates in question.
The victim had limited mobility and was known to travel in the downtown area on his bicycle.
Anyone with any information who has not yet spoken with investigators is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
The building at 425 Elgin Ave is a low-income seniors complex only a few short blocks away from the Public Safety Building.
Establishing the cause of death can be difficult in cases of advanced decomposition as one might expect has occurred in this case given the time of death may precede the time of discovery by as much as a one (1) month period.
This time gap can also create significant issues for the investigation in that the killer has had a considerable amount of time to cover his/her tracks, witness memories often fade with the passage of time and the quality and nature of certain evidence can degrade over time.
That, of course, doesn’t mean the case won’t be solved. The WPS Homicide Unit continues to report one of the highest solvency rates in the Country.
This incident is the fourth (4th) reported killing in Winnipeg in 2014.
On April 9th, 2014, the WPS recorded the fifth (5th) homicide of the year.
Goundry’s murder remains the only unsolved murder case reported in Winnipeg this year.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 4th Homicide of the year:
- 2013 – Apr 8
- 2012 – Feb 12
- 2011 – Feb 5 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
- 2010 – Apr 18
- 2009 – Jan 30
- 2008 – Mar 17
- 2007 – Mar 1
- 2006 – Feb 1
- 2005 – Mar 6
- 2004 – Mar 14 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)