You'll never outrun DNA evidence.
That was the message Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant of the Homicide Cold Case Section delivered to the person, wanted in a decade-long murder investigation, who left DNA behind at the scene of the crime.
On Sunday, September 17, 2006, at around 7:20 a.m., a father discovered the lifeless body of his son – 21-year-old Patrick Santos – on the backyard patio of their residence on Bridlington St. in Toronto. His feet and hands were bound. Tape was wrapped around the head of the victim who had been beaten and suffocated.
Gallant is appealing to the person whose DNA was found on items at the murder scene to contact police.
“If this is your DNA, you need to come forward and explain why your DNA was present at this murder scene,” he said. “You can wait and look over your shoulder for the rest of your life or until we come knocking on your door.”
Gallant said there’s no doubt that there are people who are close with this person or were close to him back at the time of the offence who know he was involved in the murder.
“This, I am sure of,” he said. “He likely would have told a girlfriend, a family member, close friend or really someone he really didn’t even know, just to impress them. If you want to remain anonymous, that is perfectly fine. We have his DNA, so all we need from you is his name and nothing more. It is your duty to bring his name into this investigation so he can be held accountable.”
Gallant said the deceased’s family members, his girlfriend and some of his close associates were interviewed by investigators and it was determined that the last-known contact with the deceased was with his girlfriend by cellphone about three hours before his body was found.
“The deceased informed her that he was heading home from a downtown club,” said Gallant. “It was apparent, based on the scene examination, that the person(s) involved in this murder were lying in wait at his residence when he returned home.”
The investigation also established that the deceased, an apprentice mechanic in Mississauga, was involved with a number of people in a sophisticated criminal enterprise involving debit cards.
Gallant said it appears that the deceased’s family was oblivious to his criminal activity.
Items were sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences where a DNA profile was developed and identified as an unknown man.
“A recent forensic phenotyping test identified the DNA as having come from a male, mixed race, black and white,” said Gallant. “He’s most likely to have brown eyes and black hair. Since the offence happened almost 10 years, the DNA likely belongs to a person who is currently between 30 and 40, based on the age of the victim and his associates at the time of this offence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.