Homicides #2 & 3/1997,
Cold Case: Florence Harrison, 32, and Therese Melanson, 32,
Video appeal released
Broadcast time: 05:08
Monday, September 11, 2017
Toronto Police Service Homicide is bringing attention to its Most Wanted list and Cold Cases through a series of video appeals for information.
At around 3 p.m. on January 5, 1997, a Toronto Community Housing security officer found the bodies of Florence Harrison and Therese Melanson, both 32, while patrolling the sixth-floor stairway of an apartment building at 274 Sackville Street.
The sex-trade workers, known to people in the area, had both been shot.
Homicide Cold Case Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant is being joined by members of the victims' families in a video appeal for information on the cold case.
Gallant said the women were last seen alive 12 hours earlier in the Parliament Street and Dundas Street East area.
“Numerous people were interviewed with the aim of establishing each victim’s timeline, during the course of the day, before they were killed,” Gallant said. “Forensic testing was done and DNA was established, but it does not link to any known offenders in the national DNA database. The motive for the killings is still unknown.”
Click here to watch video appeal.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Kevin Masterman, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant, Homicide