DNA Will Lead to Killer

By Robert Hale, Toronto Police Service Published: 7 a.m. December 23, 2019

A 22-year-old murder can be solved with an anonymous phone call.

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Lisa Lynn Anstey, 21, was found dead at 393 Front St. E. on May 12, 1997. Investigators now have a DNA profile of her killer but need a name to solve the case.

On Monday, May 12, 1997 after 9 a.m., a 9-1-1 call was made to police to report a body in a laneway south of Front St. E. and west off of Cherry St.


Lisa Lynn Anstey, 21, was found dead at the rear of 393 Front St. E., which was then a homeless community known as StreetCity. 

The cause of death was strangulation.

Antsey was a sex trade worker who frequented the area of Wellesley St. E. and Bleecker St. She was 5"4", 105 lbs., with brown hair and a gap in her upper front teeth.

Over 350 interviews were conducted during the investigation into her death but investigators were never able to solve the crime.

A DNA profile of a man has been developed from the case that is not connected to anyone in the national database. 

Through forensic phenotyping it is believed the suspect is a while male, with blue or light-coloured eyes, and blond or red hair.

"We have the killer's DNA and now we need a name to go with that DNA," says Homicide Cold Case section D/Sgt. Stacy Gallant. "It has been 22 years and this killer has not been held responsible. It is time that he is held to account for his actions."

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.

Cold Case File - Homicide #20 for 1997
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