Anonymous Tip Can Solve Murder

By Robert Hale, Toronto Police Service Published: 5 a.m. May 7, 2018

It has been 27 years since a young woman was murdered in Toronto, shortly after moving from the Ottawa area.

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Lori PInkus, 21, was found dead on near Bloor St. W. and Dufferin St. in 1991. Her murder remains unsolved.

At the time, DNA testing wasn’t available. However, testing was conducted recently in this case and a strong DNA portfolio was developed. The man is not in the DNA national database.

Lori Pinkus, 21, was working as a sex trade worker in the  Bloor St. W. & Lansdowne Ave.area. She was last seen in the early morning hours of September 8, 1991, when she left a local bar after having a drink with friends.

Later that morning, at about 9.55 a.m., the caretaker of what was then Brockton High School at  90 Croatia St. discovered her partially nude body lying in the school’s parking lot. She had been assaulted, strangled and left for dead.

Homicide Cold Case Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant said a full forensic exam of the scene and body was conducted.

“Many Persons of Interest were developed and eliminated during the course of the original investigation,” he said. “Now that we have the killer’s DNA, we just need a name to go with it.”

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Gallant is convinced there are people who are close with the offender or were close to him at the time of the murder.

“You know that he’s responsible for this murder,” said Gallant. “This is a killer who left a young woman’s body on display in a schoolyard. It’s time he is held to account for his despicable actions. If you want to remain anonymous, that’s OK. We have his DNA, so all we need from you is his name and nothing more. Bring his name into this investigation so that he could be held accountable.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, or to give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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