Police continue to investigate the murder of Margaret Hartrick


This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of Margaret Elizabeth Hartrick and the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate the case.

At approximately 8:25 a.m. on September 10, 1998, police responded to a report of an unconscious woman in a wooded area behind Harbourview School at 25 Alfred Street in Dartmouth. Upon arrival, officers found Margaret lying unconscious in the wooded area. She had suffered trauma to her head and was transported to the QEII hospital where she died on September 18, 1998. She was 35 years old at the time of her death.

The investigation revealed that Margaret had been assaulted in the wooded area. Residents from the surrounding neighborhood reported hearing arguing earlier the same morning and other residents reported hearing a car speeding from the area, both of which may be related to Margaret’s death.

Investigators believe there are people who have information that could advance the investigation into Margaret’s murder. Police continue to urge these people to come forward and share anything they know, no matter how small the detail.

It is never too late to come forward and the smallest piece of information may be just what is needed to progress the investigation. Anyone with information about Margaret’s murder is asked to call police at 902-490-5020.

Margaret’s case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program which offers cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Callers must contact the Rewards Program at 1-888-710-9090, must provide their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The amount of the award will be based on the investigative value of the information provided.

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