Reward offered in Tanya Brooks murder case

The Department of Justice is offering up to $150,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction 

The Department of Justice is offering up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Tanya Jean Brooks.

"Ms. Brooks was last seen two months ago today," Justice Minister Ross Landry said Friday. "We are hoping that by releasing Ms. Brooks' photo and offering a cash reward, it will trigger memories and prompt people to come forward with information that could help solve this case."

Tanya Brooks, also known as Tanya Lynch, was last seen leaving Halifax Regional Police headquarters on May 10, 2009, at about 8:20 p.m.

She was known to frequent the Gottingen Street area.

At 2 p.m. the following day, Brooks' body was discovered in a basement window well of St. Patrick's-Alexandra School in Halifax.

No charges have been laid.

"Investigators believe there are people who know what happened to Tanya Brooks and we are imploring them to come forward," said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. "We are also asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary around St. Patrick's-Alexandra School after 9 p.m. on May 10 to come forward.

"Ms. Brooks was someone's daughter, mother and sister and we require the public's assistance in the investigation into her untimely death."

At the time of her death, Brooks was 36 years old and a mother of five children. She was an Aboriginal woman, associated with the Millbrook First Nation.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Department of Justice toll-free at 1-888-710-9090.

Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime. There are now 57 cases in the program.