25-year-old mid­town cold case solved

A 63-year-old man charged in Bal­liol apart­ment mur­der

North York Post - - News -

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.”

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