Jul 14, 2023

Unsolvable Cases Are ‘Solvable Again:’ Toronto Police Use Genetic Genealogy to ID Man Whose Body Was Found in 2019

With the assistance of investigative genetic genealogy, the Toronto Police Service said they have been able to identify a man found deceased in the city’s downtown core nearly four years ago.

The body of an unidentified man was found at 901 King Street West in Toronto on July 18, 2019.

Investigators released a description to the public in an effort to identify him and Ontario Provincial Police later created an artist’s rendition of the man.The police service’s missing persons unit issued a video appeal to encourage anyone with any information to come forward.

Attempts to identify the man were unsuccessful until the police service turned to investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) for assistance last year.

“In the fall of 2022, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service provided a biological sample to Othram Inc., where a DNA profile was developed. That DNA profile was then compared to public databases,” according to a news release issued by Toronto police on Friday.

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