25 Years On: The Unsolved Murders of Gail Stone and Richard Marriott

Monday marked a somber milestone in Halifax as the community remembered the tragic events that unfolded 25 years ago on November 20, 1998. Gail Stone and Richard Marriott, residents of 15 Parkmoor Avenue, fell victim to a heinous crime that continues to baffle investigators. The Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is diligently pursuing leads, urging the public to provide any information that could shed light on this cold case.

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on that fateful night, the Halifax police received a distressing report of a shooting at the residence of Gail Stone and Richard Marriott. Officers rushed to 15 Parkmoor Avenue and discovered the aftermath of a horrifying crime scene. Both Gail Stone and Richard Marriott were found inside the home, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Richard, tragically, had succumbed to his injuries by the time the authorities arrived. Gail was urgently transported to the hospital, but regrettably, she lost her battle four days later.

Richard Marriott’s last known whereabouts were documented around 9:15 p.m., steering a maroon-colored Dodge Caravan along Dutch Village Road. Investigators believe he reached home around 9:30 p.m., setting the stage for the tragic events that unfolded later that night. The circumstances surrounding the murders have puzzled investigators for a quarter of a century, prompting a renewed call for any information that could provide crucial breakthroughs.

Despite the passage of time, law enforcement emphasizes that it is never too late for individuals to come forward with any details they may possess about the murders of Gail Stone and Richard Marriott. Even the smallest information could be the missing link propelling the investigation forward. Those with information are urged to contact the police at 902-490-5020.

The case is a 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 the person or persons responsible for specified major unsolved crimes. Those with information must contact the Rewards Program at 1-888-710-9090, providing their name and contact details. Callers may be called to testify in court, and all calls will be recorded. The investigative value of the information provided will determine the reward amount.

As Halifax reflects on the 25th anniversary of the tragic murders of Gail Stone and Richard Marriott, the quest for justice continues. The community is urged to come together and assist law enforcement in solving this enduring mystery. The passage of time should not diminish our commitment to finding answers and ensuring that those responsible for these senseless acts face justice.

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