Pearce Cold Case Resolved

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:23 p.m. January 16, 2017

A cold-case investigation into a homicide committed in the city 34 years ago has been resolved.

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Graham Pearce, 36, was killed on March 20, 1983

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. The man was 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.

Evidence from the high-rise apartment suggested the Peel Region elementary school teacher was beaten and stabbed.

During the course of the investigation, a Person of Interest had been identified. The Person of Interest died in 2001.

“A forensic re-examination of the evidence in 2013, and subsequent investigation into the background and history of the Person of Interest, has led us to this conclusion,” said Gallant.

He explained the reason for saying the case is resolved and not closed.

“We don’t really close cases unless there is a verdict,” Gallant pointed out. “In this instance, no one was charged or tried. The case is no longer being investigated because we believe the person responsible for the murder is deceased.”

This was the last case Detective Chris Neal investigated before retiring last month.

He spent 35 years with the Service.

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