Cold Case investigators are a name away from solving a case and are offering up to $50,000 to help find Gracelyn Greenidge’s killer.
"She led an exemplary life and was respected by all who knew her," said Homicide Cold Case Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant.
The 41-year-old nursing assistant never showed up for her July 29, 1997 afternoon shift at a seniors’ residence on Christie St., causing concern among her fellow staff. She was last seen leaving work at 11:30 p.m. the night before.
“A fellow worker went to check on her… through the mail slot Gracelyn could be seen on the floor, covered in blood,” he said.
Police were called at 6:30 p.m. on July 29 to the 50 Driftwood Ave. apartment where she had lived the past four years.
“It was apparent a violent struggle had taken place between the victim and the killer,” Gallant said, noting the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Investigators found evidence at the scene and a DNA profile was developed. That profile has been used to eliminate men who knew Gracelyn, as well as checked against the national DNA databank.
“We have the killer’s DNA, now we just need a name to go with the DNA, nothing more,” said Gallant. “Anyone who knew Gracelyn who did not speak to the police during the original investigation is asked to contact Cold Case investigators immediately. You may have the key to this case and not realize it.”
Gallant said there are surely others who know what this man has done but have never come forward.
“It has been over 20 years since this murder. It is time to step up and help solve this case,” he said.
Up to $50,000 is being offered as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers responsible for Greenidge’s murder.
Anyone with information should call investigators at 416-808-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave an anonymous tip for police through Crime Stoppers Toronto at 416-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting 222tips.com, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.