Investigators Need Name in Cold Case

By Robert Hale, Toronto Police Service Published: 7:09 a.m. December 17, 2019

It has been 31 years since Richard Thomas Moore was murdered and police are turning to the public once again for assistance in solving the cold case.

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Richard Thomas Moore, 28, was found dead after an apparent robbery on Dec. 3, 1988 in High Park

On Saturday December 3, 1988 at around 7 a.m., a cyclist riding his bike on Colborne Lodge Dr. near High Park discovered Moore’s body, who was 28 at the time, off the roadway in the grass.

Patrolling police officers in the area were flagged down.

Moore, who was employed as a labourer at a nearby business and lived in the Parkdale area, had been beaten and stabbed multiple times.

A search of the area revealed the victim’s empty wallet several hundred yards from where he was found.

“Robbery appears to have been the motive,” said D/Sgt. Stacy Gallant of the Homicide Cold Case section. “A knife believed to the murder weapon was also located. Recently, the knife was sent to the Centre for Forensic Science for analysis to develop an offender DNA profile.”

A photo of the knife was released to the public during the original investigation.

Gallant said it is a German-made Solingen knife with a four-and-half-inch blade and a four-inch handle.

Cold Case File: Richard Thomas Moore, Homicide #48 for 1988

The victim had been seen the prior evening at the Edgewater Hotel at Roncesvalles Ave. & Queen St. W.

“It has been 31 years and this killer has not been held responsible,” said Gallant. “It is time to be held accountable for your actions.”

He’s appealing to the public for help in solving the case.

“If you know who is responsible, take that step and help bring this offender to justice,” said Gallant. “If you want to remain anonymous, that’s OK. There are people out there who know who is responsible for this murder and need to come forward now.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7410, at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, 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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