Toronto’s top cop urges public tips in unsolved Sherman murder case

The public appeal comes after exhaustive efforts to identify a suspect on video

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Toronto’s police chief is urging anyone to come forward if they have information about the mysterious person seen on new video footage released on Dec. 14 by homicide investigators looking into the murders of Barry and Honey Sherman.

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The unidentifiable person has officially been deemed a suspect in the murders of the billionaires — four years after the investigation began.

“By no means is this investigation over,” Chief James Ramer said in a year-end interview.

The Shermans were found murdered in their mansion in December 2017.

Autopsies determined the pharmaceutical company founder and his wife had been strangled with belts.

“There is still a lot of work that is being put into it but we were at a stage quite frankly we were trying to identify this individual by a lot of means. So now we have put it out to the public,” Ramer said.

“And now that individual knows that we have put that info out to the public. So we waited this long because we needed the public’s help.”

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After scouring hundreds of hours of security video from the neighbourhood, police have narrowed their focus on the person walking on a snowy sidewalk on the day of the murders — about 1.3 km from the Sherman home.

The Sherman family, who demolished the home after the murders, has offered a $10-million reward for information that helps crack the case.

“We are working very closely with the family to keep them informed and they are the people that need to be informed of entirely where we are at,” Chief Ramer said.

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During the 26-minute year-end interview, Ramer also said more money will be requested for the  2022 police budget.

Last year’s budget was just under $1.1 billion.

“We have had zero percent increase three of the last five years,” Ramer explained.

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“The reality is that given this growing city we are looking at a modest investment next year.”

He did not specify how much more he will seek for the coming year.

  1. A screengrab from video released Dec. 14, 2021 by Toronto Police of a suspect in the 2017 slayings of Barry and Honey Sherman.

    Video released of suspect in Barry and Honey Sherman murder

  2. Barry Sherman, chairman and CEO of Apotex Inc., with his wife Honey

    Top court unseals files tied to Sherman murder case

  3. In this Oct. 15, 2017 photo, Barry and Honey Sherman pose for a photo in Toronto, Canada.

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But he said a rash of car thefts — up 11% in 2021 — can be directly attributed to past budget cuts.

“We have got a massive, massive car-theft problem going on in the city. Because of cost reduction, we eliminated the unit that looked after that.”

slaurie@postmedia.com

Twitter: @_ScottLaurie

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