Cold case investigators are requesting friends or associates of a deceased suspect, identified in the murder of a Peel region elementary school teacher 33 years ago, contact them.
At around 12.40 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 1983, 11 Division officers responded to a call for a sudden death in an apartment at 35 High Park Ave.
The body of 36-year-old Graham Hugh Pearce was found on his bathroom floor, with a stab wound. He was a single, gay man, living with a roommate who called police after arriving home and discovering the body.
Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant said the investigation revealed Pearce was bar-hopping on March 19.
“That night, he visited Boots Bar on Sherbourne St. and Stages Bar at Yonge St,” said Gallant.
“It was after 3 a.m. that he headed home, driving his vehicle, a 1973 Plymouth, along with his would-be killer or killers.”
Evidence from the high-rise apartment suggested Pearce was beaten and stabbed.
During the course of the investigation, a Person of Interest, Ronald Thomas Gale, 22 years old in 1983, had been identified. Unfortunately, he was identified after his death in 2001.
“Investigators would like to speak to anyone who knew Gale or knows who his friends and associates were in 1983,” said Gallant.
“If you knew him, or have information about his friends and associates, please call the Cold Case Squad.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.