Canada Toronto police get new DNA lead in decades-old murder case

17:11  07 may  2018
17:11  07 may  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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TORONTO — Cold case investigators in Toronto say they have a new lead in a decades - old murder case . Police say they have a DNA profile of a suspect and need the public to give them a name they can chase down.

Toronto police have made a break in a decades - old murder case of a 21-year-old woman in the city’s west and they are reaching out to the public for help. Cold case investigators have a DNA profile for the man they believe is responsible for the gruesome death of Lori Pinkus.


Toronto police have obtained new DNA evidence in the decades-old murder of 21-year-old Lori Pinkus, who was assaulted, strangled, and left for dead in a high school parking lot.© Provided by Toronto Star Toronto police have obtained new DNA evidence in the decades-old murder of 21-year-old Lori Pinkus, who was assaulted, strangled, and left for dead in a high school parking lot.

Toronto police have made a break in a decades-old murder case of a 21-year-old woman in the city’s west and they are reaching out to the public for help.

Cold case investigators have a DNA profile for the man they believe is responsible for the gruesome death of Lori Pinkus. The DNA obtained did not match any person in the national DNA data bank.

“All we need is his name, nothing more,” said Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant in a video appeal release on Monday.

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The partially nude body of Pinkus, who had recently moved to Toronto from Ottawa, was discovered by a caretaker just before 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Brockton High School on Sept. 8, 1991.

“She had been assaulted, strangled and left for dead,” said Gallant.

He said she was last seen alive a few hours before when she left a local bar after having a drink with friends. Pinkus was working as a sex trade worker in the Bloor and Lansdowne areas, investigators said.

In a 1991 Star article, several residents including members of a Sikh religious group that met every Sunday at the high school saw the body before police arrived.

One of the residents who saw the body described Pinkus as only wearing a halter top, her arms at her side, her blue eyes wide open.

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Gallant said many persons of interest were developed and eliminated during the time of the original investigation. They recently conducted a DNA testing on the case since it was unavailable in 1991.

“There is no doubt that there are people who are close with the offender or who were close to him back at the time of this offence and you know he is responsible for this murder,” said Gallant.

He said anyone who comes forward can choose to remain anonymous.

“It has been 26 years that this murderer has escaped justice,” said Gallant.

“This is a killer who left a young woman’s body on display in a school yard. It is time he is held to account for his despicable actions.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers.

with files from Star Archives

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