Cops asking public for help ID-ing man



For homicide detective Dennis Storey, the case of who murdered a 37-year-old near Whyte Avenue back in January is a real “whodunit.”

“This is a difficult case,” he told reporters yesterday. “It’s difficult because the motive for his murder is not obvious. The amount of tips and information that’s coming in is very scarce at this time, and we don’t really know why he was in that area.”

Police believe Stephane Landry was stabbed to death near Bonnie Doon Mall, his body found at the end of a scattered trail of blood, his Montreal Canadiens cap discarded nearby.

In March, police released a photo of a knife they believe was used in the killing. They’re now appealing to the public to identify a “person of interest” that was recorded on a security tape within a week of Landry’s murder.

The man is believed to be around 6-feet and weigh roughly 200 pounds. He was wearing a black toque and a canvas-coloured work coat at the time the footage was taken.

Storey said the victim was an everyday normal citizen, and he could have been anybody at any time and still ended up in the same situation. His parents speak French and live in New Brunswick, making it more difficult to piece together the last few days of his life.

“He comes here for the Alberta advantage, he comes out here to make a good life for himself … and he became a victim,” Storey said.

Landry’s death was the city’s third homicide of the year. Police have laid charges in seven out of 16 homicides recorded since Jan. 1.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Bad timing

  • Stephane Landry had no criminal record and had recently moved from the east coast to find work. He was to start a new job in Fort McMurray the day he was found dead on city streets.

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