Homicide cops probing discovery of body near Toronto Zoo

Police could not confirm if the deceased suffered from burns

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Toronto Police are investigating after a body was found near the Toronto Zoo early Monday morning.

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Officers received a call about a fire in the Old Finch Ave. and Reesor Rd. area around 12:10 a.m.

When emergency crews arrived, they discovered a man’s body but police could not confirm if the deceased suffered from burns.

The deceased man is described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, average build, about 25 to 35 years old, light brown complexion, short dark hair, short dark facial hair, with a plain gold band on his left ring finger, and wearing a pair of black Air Jordan shoes with red soles.

A post-mortem exam is scheduled for Tuesday.

The investigation is being led by the Homicide Unit.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide detectives at 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

The find comes six weeks after the body of Johann Persaud was found inside a torched car in a Scarborough park, also near the Toronto Zoo.

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Two men were arrested.

Dennis Singh, 36, and Justin Sandassie, 36, each face second-degree murder charges.

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