Police Have Killer’s DNA

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 8:35 a.m. April 15, 2016

Investigators have his DNA.

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Margaret McWilliam, 21, was killed on August 27, 1987

All they need is the name of the suspect who brutally murdered a young Scarborough woman 28 years ago.

Margaret McWilliam, 21, left her home on August 27, 1987, around 7 p.m., for a jog near Warden subway station. When she didn’t show up for work the next day, police were alerted.

The victim’s lifeless body was located in a wooded area in nearby Warden Woods Park.

“There were signs of violent trauma. The cause of death was ligature strangulation,” said Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant, who leads the Homicide Cold Case section. “The only missing item appeared to be an earphone.”

The case went cold despite an enormous police investigation.

Gallant said a re-examination of the case resulted in a strong unknown male DNA profile being developed but it never received a hit in the national DNA database.

“There’s no doubt there are people close to the offender, or who were close with him back then at the time of the offence, and you know he did this,” Gallant said. “I am confident of that. If you want to remain anonymous, that’s perfectly fine. We have his DNA, so all we need from you is his name and nothing more. It’s your duty to bring his name into this investigation so he can be held accountable.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at416-808-7400, 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.

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