Melissa Ivy Chaboyer was a 35 year old single metis woman with a 17 year old son, Anthony. She was also the mother to 20-30 foster children over the last 10 years. Known to her friends as Lissa she would care for the foster children even when they were older and moved out. She also loved spending time with her family at the family cottage. Melissa worked full time with mentally challenged adults. She also worked part time as a taxi driver in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada to get extra money for Christmas time.
On Friday night November 25th, 2005 Melissa just finished visiting her mother and getting ready to start the graveyard shift driving cab. Thompson has a reputation of being the most violent city in Canada. (Thompson has had the honor of that name three years in a row and counting) Just after midnight on the early hours of November 26th she had a call at the Thompson Arena.
Several minutes later, Melissa called her dispatch and said she was going to stop at the Ramada Hotel (now called The Burntwood Hotel)- a standard two-storey establishment at the intersection of Cree Road, with a green roof, green awnings, and a sports bar called the Regal Beagle Tavern. The hotel was only a 1.2 km drive from the Arena. It was never known if Melissa went to the arena and picked up passengers or not.
What happened next is unknown. Melissa Ivy Chaboyer was found stabbed to death in the cold morning of November 26th, 2005. Melissa’s killers fled on foot east along a parking lot at City Centre Mall. Just before 1 am another taxi driver drove by and seen Melissa’s cab. Soon after her body was found on the pavement outside of her cab. Melissa was known to be kind and one to probably not get too angry if someone had money to pay. So what was the motive? As a result of Melissa’s murder all cabs in Thompson are now equipped with cameras.
The main focus of the murder was robbery. Melissa would of known to have had hundreds of dollars on her on a Saturday morning.
15 years later and the murder is not solved.