Appeal and causes of death in triple-murder probe

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:08 p.m. August 29, 2016

Homicide investigators are trying to track down anyone who had contact or observed triple-murder suspect Brett Ryan on Thursday, August 25, between 7.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

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D/Sgt Mike Carbone at the press conference

At around 1 p.m. that day, police received a 9-1-1 call to attend a stabbing incident at 10 Lawndale Rd. in Scarborough.

Uniformed officers from 43 Division attended the address and found the lifeless bodies of three people who lived at the residence.

At a press conference at police headquarters on August 29, Homicide Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone said a woman and man were located in the stand-alone garage near the dwelling and another man was on the driveway near the garage.

“All three individuals were observed to have physical trauma and were pronounced deceased at the scene,” he pointed out.

A male witness, in close proximity to the scene, was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

Officers took Ryan, who was at the scene, to hospital where he was treated and released before being taken into custody. On August 26, he was charged with three counts of First-Degree Murder.

Autopsies were performed on the deceased on August 26 and 27.

Carbone said the woman succumbed to ligature strangulation.

“The cause of death of the man found in the stand-alone garage was crossbow bolt stab wound of the neck and the cause of death of the man located on the driveway was single arrow head stab wound of the neck,” he added.

During the investigation at the Scarborough murder site, a secondary scene was discovered on Queen’s Quay in downtown Toronto.

“This is an apartment that is associated to Mr. Brett Ryan,” Carbone said. “When uniformed officers attended this address, they secured it and requested the assistance of the Toronto Police CBRN unit. I would like to assure the public that no one was in danger from what was located in the apartment.”

Carbone said investigators are trying to determine what triggered the series of events that led to the triple homicide.

“My appeal here, and my message, is to reach out to as many people who knew Mr. Ryan,” he said. “I expect there are some people who have not yet come forward. My appeal today is to try and reach out to those individuals. They may be able to supply us with some more information as to why this occurred. I need to hear from the individuals that either employed him or had worked with him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Carbone at Homicide at416- 808-7400; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, 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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