Family of Lillian Morrell issue appeal to the public as RCMP continues investigation into 2014 homicide
The family of Lillian Morrell has issued a public statement as the New Brunswick RCMP’s Major Crime Unit continues to investigate her 2014 death.
Lillian Morrell’s body was discovered in her home on Evergreen Drive in Moncton on October 10, 2014, around 9 a.m. The death was not initially deemed suspicious. In the weeks following the death, police received information that led them to determine that the 49-year-old woman was the victim of a homicide.
In 2014, two people were arrested as part of the investigation. They were later released, and no charges were ever laid.
Police are releasing three specific timeframes and locations in Moncton from 2014 that are of interest as part of the investigation.
- The home of Lillian Morrell, 41 Evergreen Drive in Moncton, any time on October 9 and 10.
- Irving/Circle K, 1930 Mountain Road, between 10 p.m. on October 9 and 3 a.m. on October 10.
- NB Liquor, 1855 Mountain Road, between 10 and 11 p.m. on October 9.
Anyone who was in these areas at the specified times is asked to contact the police.
“We know this was seven years ago, but information gathered from those who were in these locations at these specific times could assist our investigation,” says Cpl. Hans Ouellette. “Even the smallest detail could be important.”
Anyone with information that could help solve this homicide is asked to contact the New Brunswick RCMP’s Major Crime Unit at 506-452-3491. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.
Statement from the family of Lillian Morrell
The New Brunswick RCMP is sharing the following statement on behalf of the family of Lillian Morrell. The family has asked that media respect their privacy at this time. Any media inquires should be directed to the New Brunswick RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cpl. Hans Ouellette, at 506-452-4252.
It’s been seven years, and my 88-year-old mother still keeps a picture of Lillian right beside her, every day. She forgets sometimes, she’ll look at the door and say, “There’s my only daughter.” And I don’t have the heart to tell her that Lillian is gone.
Lillian was always there for Mom and Dad. After we lost Dad, she always took care of Mom. There were ten of us in the family, and she was the only girl. Our father used to call her his “pride and joy.” I still remember her smile and how much fun we had, just being around and always happy.
Lillian had her own children and she cared so much for them. She was always there for her family, always so generous, she’d give the shirt off her back. She had been through so much, and had overcome so much, and was still such a kind-hearted person.
You only get one go at this life, and I feel Lillian was cheated. And not just her – it’s not right for children to grow up without a mother. Her children have their own children now – it’s not right they don’t know their grandmother. My own son loved her with all his heart, we all did. Her nephews, and cousins, and siblings, we still talk about her every day. I don’t know how someone can take away someone so loved.
Someone has to know something that can give us answers about what happened to Lillian. To anyone out there who has information that could help police, I only have one thing to say – come forward. Lillian was a mother, a grandmother, a sister, and a daughter. She was so loved. It’s all we’re asking – come forward.
Brother of Lillian Morrell