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Suspect charged for 2006 murder of Native woman in Manitoba






Myrna Letandre. Photo from RCMP / Project Devote

Authorities in Manitoba announced charges for the murder of Myrna Letandre, a 36-year-old woman from the Pinaymootang First Nation.

Letandre's family reported her missing in October 2006. Authorities say she had already been murdered by then but her body wasn't found until May 2013 at the house where she had been living.

The information about Letandre's murder came to light when Traigo Andretti, 38, was arrested in May 2013 for the murder of his wife. He's serving a life sentence in British Columbia for first-degree murder.

Andretti is now facing a second-degree murder charge for Letandre's death in September 2006. He's been transferred to Manitoba to face the new charge.

Get the Story:
Myrna Letandre homicide: Man charged in 2006 case (CBC 6/2)
Police make arrest in 2006 killing of Winnipeg woman (The Winnipeg Free Press 6/2)
Suspect arrested in 2006 slaying of Winnipeg woman (CTV 6/2)

RCMP Report:
Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overvie (RCMP May 2014)

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