The latest incident of homicide in Saskatoon has left the city in shock and mourning. The victim, sadly, was not just one – but two. Melissa Bear, a 33-year-old woman, who was close to seven months pregnant with her sixth child, lost her life under grim circumstances according to her devastated family.
On the fateful night of August 29, Melissa was discovered, gravely injured, in a residence located on the 1100 block of St. Paul’s Place. She battled for survival, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
Braving their grief, Melissa’s beloved aunt, Andrea Naytowhow shared their pain with the media, expressing the family’s loss and their desperate quest for answers. “We love her and we miss her,” Naytowhow voiced their longing. “Every thinking moment we’re wondering what happened to her and her unborn baby.”
The man at the center of this ordeal is Cary Daniel Bluebell, a 33-year-old, now facing a charge of second-degree murder in connection to the tragic demise of Melissa. Bluebell was identified by the police as a “person of interest” early on in the case and was apprehended after a short chase on foot.
Communicating remotely from Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Bluebell made his initial court appearance on the following Monday. He informed the judge that he understood the severity of the murder charge leveled against him, and was in the process of securing legal representation via Legal Aid.
As Bluebell spoke, Melissa’s family listened, seated in the court’s gallery. Naytowhow’s hope was to confront Bluebell personally, seeking answers. “I want answers, and I know it’s gonna be a long road,” she expressed firmly, noting her commitment to being present at every one of Bluebell’s scheduled court appearances.
Bluebell is now slated to reappear at the Saskatoon Provincial Court on the upcoming Wednesday.