Family of murdered N.S. woman urges witnesses to come forward
The family of an Annapolis Valley woman murdered eight years ago is urging anyone with information to come forward.
Leslie Ann Conrad, 45, was last seen alive at her home in Lower Wolfville on Oct. 5, 2006. Her husband said she had gone out for a walk and never came home. Her brother reported her missing the next day.
A hunter discovered Conrad’s remains in a shallow grave near Robinsons Corner, roughly eight kilometers south of her home, on Nov. 22, 2006.
“I miss her every single day,” says her daughter, Leah Conrad. “Though it’s not the end result that we wanted, at least it did bring some closure as to whether or not she was still out there.”
Const. Patricia Davis has been involved with the case from the beginning, assisting in the investigation and interviewing witnesses, and now she is overseeing the case with the RCMP Major Crimes Unit.
She says someone knows something and is urging them to come forward.
“As time passes, people change in their relationships, their way of living has changed, and because of that, maybe this is the day or this is the time now where they’ll feel more comfortable coming to police and providing information that may assist us,” says Davis.
Conrad’s husband, Kevin Conrad, was arrested in connection with her murder in May 2007, but he was later released without charges.
Over the years, her family has handed out information at checkpoints, and they recently put up posters from one end of the Annapolis Valley to the other, in the hopes they will prompt someone to come forward.
Conrad’s case was added to the Nova Scotia Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program in 2008. The program offers a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in certain cases.
Leah says she has no doubt her mother’s murder will be solved one day.
“I want to make sure that when it is…there’s no going back on it and that it is air tight,” she says.
“I just try to be the best person that I can be and hope that she sees me and is proud of the person that I am and the person that I will become.”
Anyone with information on Conrad’s death is asked to contact police.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jacqueline Foster