DNA Crucial to Cold Case

By Robert Hale, Toronto Police Service Published: 7:30 a.m. December 30, 2019
Updated: 10:26 a.m. December 30, 2019

Homicide Cold Case investigators are seeking help from the public to solve a murder that is now two decades old through the use of DNA evidence.

A close up of a woman
Donna Oglive, 24, was murdered in 1998. DNA could provide a link to her killer

Donna Oglive, a resident of British Columbia, was in Toronto for five weeks prior to her murder. She was known to travel between British Columbia and Toronto regularly.

D/Sgt. Stacy Gallant, of the Homicide Cold Case section said the then 24-year-old was working as a sex trade worker in the Gerrard St. E. and Church St. area.

On Sunday, March 8, 1998 at about 7.12 a.m., a Carlton St. apartment resident called police to the rear parking lot of 130 Carlton St. Officers from 51 Division arrived on scene and discovered the body of the deceased in the corner of the parking lot on the east side of Jarvis St. north of Carlton St.

Oglive was of Filipino descent, dark skin, about 5’ 5” tall and approximately 160 pounds. She had Black shoulder length hair and was wearing a long white high heel boots, a mini skirt and fur jacket.

Cold Case File - Homicide #8 for 1998, Donna Oglive

A post-mortem examination revealed that strangulation was the cause of death.

It was also determined that she was pregnant with a male fetus of approximately four months.

Gallant said DNA testing was conducted and a male profile was developed.

“He’s not currently in our national DNA data bank,” said Gallant. “What we need is a name to go with this DNA. Come forward and identify this person to assist in solving this case of a pregnant woman. It has been 21 years and this killer has not been held responsible. If you know who is responsible, take that step and help bring this offender to justice. If you want to remain anonymous, that is OK. We have the DNA, so all we need from you is his name. Bring that name into this investigation and help solve this case.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7410, at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or 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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