Suspect in Sherman Case

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:10 p.m. December 14, 2021

Toronto Police homicide investigators have released a security video of a person identified as a suspect in the murders of Barry and Honey Sherman.

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A suspect seen on security video nearby the home of murder victims Barry and Honey Sherman

On December 15, 2017, at 11:44 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at the couple’s residence at 50 Old Colony Rd. They were both deceased when police arrived.

Post-mortem examinations indicated that the cause of death was ligature neck compression.

The investigation revealed that the Sherman’s were last seen alive in the evening hours of Wednesday, December 13. Neither of the two had communicated with friends or associates from that time until their discovery in their residence. There were no signs of forced entry on all access points to the home.

In the last four years, the investigative team has taken several steps to identify the person in the video, including requesting video analysis from law enforcement partners such as the Ontario Provincial Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, obtaining judicial authorization to collect data from nearby cell phone towers and conducting forensic photogrammetry experiments and extensive neighbourhood witness canvasses.

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Detective Sergeant Brandon Price speaks to reporters as suspect video plays

At a media conference at police headquarters on December 14, Homicide Detective Sergeant Brandon Price said the efforts have not resulted in the positive identification of the person in the video.

“At the outset of the investigation, we seized a very large amount of security video footage,” he said. “A portion of these videos were from several locations in the area of Colony Road. Numerous individuals were found on the video in the neighbourhood and our team took extraordinary efforts to identify and investigate those individuals to be able to include or exclude them in our investigation. We have been able to eliminate the vast majority of people captured on the video. We are left with one individual whom we have been unable to identify.”

Price said investigators have determined that the individual’s purpose in the neighbourhood is unexplained.

“The timing of the appearance is in line with when we believe the murders took place,” he pointed out. “Based on the evidence, we are classifying this individual as a suspect.”

Through photogrammetry performed by the Homicide Forensic Video Analysis Unit, investigators have determined that the suspect in the video is between 5’6 ¾” and 5’9 ½”.

“This is among the best images we have and that’s why we chose the best one that has the greatest likelihood of somebody being able to identify this individual,” said Price. “In our exhaustive video canvas, we were able to get images from nearby, on either side of and around the Sherman’s house. This individual walks into that area, doesn’t continue to walk through, but remains in that area that is not covered by video footage and then remains in there before coming back out sometime later. That is how we have been able to narrow this individual’s location down. We are left with a glaring unknown of this individual that requires an explanation if there is a legitimate one.”

He said there might be a legitimate explanation as to what the person’s actions were in the area.

Price is asking that the individual in the video come forward so they can be excluded from the investigation.

“However, it is our hope that someone will come forward with a name when they recognize the individual’s walk, the way in which they kick up their right foot with every step, knowing that the person was or is connected to the Sherman family or the area on that day at that time,” he noted. “To be clear, this release is in no way an indication of a conclusion to this investigation. From the beginning, this has been a multi-faceted investigation and we will continue to work on the various other avenues of investigation that we have undertaken and keep an open mind to new ones.”

So far, the investigation has involved 41 judicial authorizations, nearly 250 witness interviews, 1,036 tips and 992 investigative actions have been assigned.

“We have remained steadfast in our commitment to bring closure to the Sherman family, their friends, loved ones and the community,” Price added.

Anyone with information should call investigators at 416-808-7400 or email shermantips@torontopolice.on.ca. 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.

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