(Winnipeg Police Release)
Members of the Homicide Unit are asking the public for their help with locating a suspect in a domestic homicide. On April 11, 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service began investigating the death of a woman who had been transported to hospital from a residence in the 500 block of Ottawa Avenue earlier in the day. The deceased was identified as Julie Racette, a 34-year-old female. Over the course of the following week, the investigation, which included a post-mortem examination, determined that she had been the victim of a homicide. On April 20, 2020, investigators obtained a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Wayne Leslie Melnychuk, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg, for manslaughter.
Melnychuk is also currently listed as a missing person. He is described as Caucasian in appearance, 5’7” tall and has a medium build with brown hair and brown eyes. The public is cautioned not to approach Melnychuk. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Homicide Unit investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).