25-year-old midtown cold case solved
A 63-year-old man charged in Balliol apartment murder
The Toronto Police Service (TPS) has made an arrest in a 25-year-old murder case that involved the stabbing of a female victim in her apartment on Balliol Street.
On March 19, 1993, a 911 call was made by a sixyear-old boy who had found his mother dead in their apartment. At the time, an investigation was launched, but the murderer was never identified.
On Oct. 22, the TPS announced that it had reopened the case and, with current DNA processes, was able to identify the alleged murderer.
“Through the years, cold case investigations have advanced in several ways from previous years,” said Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant during a press conference held at TPS headquarters. “One of the many ways was through examination of items collected at the time of the offence and examined for the presence of DNA.”
He confirmed that through the re-examination of DNA, police were able to identify the alleged murderer, a 63-year-old longtime Toronto resident. He has been charged with first-degree murder.
“Now, 25 years later, the boy who found his mother murdered in their apartment can have some answers,” said Gallant. “At the very least, he can know that we never gave up.”
Gallant closed his statement with a warning. “This is a message that I would send to all those who are waiting, wondering if they will ever be caught for all the other cold cases out there,” he said. “Know this: We will never give up. We will never stop looking for you.”