CPS trying to locate witness to domestic homicide in Bowness

Feb 26 2020, 3:30 pm

The Calgary Police Service is trying to track down a possible witness to a domestic homicide from earlier this month.

According to an earlier release from the service, 33-year-old Melissa Blommaert was killed on the early hours of Monday, February 10 after what police believe had been a verbal altercation between her and an “intimate partner.”

Police suspect that the altercation led Blommaert to leave a vehicle she had been in with 35-year-old Ronald Candaele, who CPS believe drove into Blommaert, fatally injuring her at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 79th Street NW.

Blommaert was found at around 6:10 am in the morning on the road. She was transported to hospital shortly after, where she was officially pronounced deceased.

“Homicides of any nature are tragic, including incidents where domestic violence is present, and our investigators continue to work diligently to find answers in this case,” said Staff Sergeant Colin Chisholm in the earlier release.

“We encourage anyone facing domestic conflict or violence to reach out for support to local agencies, or to police.”

CPS issued an updated release on February 26 stating that they were attempting to locate a witness they believe may have seen or heard the domestic homicide take place.

CCTV footage of the area found that a vehicle was in the area of the homicide at around 5:30 am on Monday, February 10, and police are hoping to speak with the driver. It is noted in the release that “the motorist is considered a witness only and is not suspected of any wrongdoing.”

Candaele, who has since been identified as Blommaert’s husband, has been charged with second-degree murder.

“As with all homicide investigations, our detectives are doing everything they can to piece together what unfolded in the hours leading up to the death of the victim,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Ken Carriere of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit in the release.

“It is our duty to provide a thorough and complete investigation, and speaking to the motorist seen in the area will help to further our case.”

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may be the witness that CPS is looking for, is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.

Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or through their website.