Police hope public can help identify suspect from 2002 murder cold case

Investigators are hoping the public can help identify a man wanted in connection with a murder committed in 2002 after DNA evidence connected his toque to blood found on scene.

Police have released a video with sketch of the male suspect

Police have released a sketch of a murder suspect in a 2002 cold case. (Toronto Police Service)

Investigators are hoping the public can help identify a man wanted in connection with a 2002 homicide after matching DNA profile was found on his toque and blood from the murder scene. 

On February, 22, 2002, police responded to a call around 8 p.m. at a home in the area of Keele Street and Finch Avenue West. They found Lin Tao, 19, suffering from stab wounds. She died of her injuries later in hospital.

Police believe the suspect was also cut during the attack and fled on foot. 

Investigators found a blood trail and a toque with three Pokémon characters on it. 

"The DNA profile from the toque matches that of the blood left at the scene," said Sgt. Stacy Gallant. 

Police released a video Monday morning which included a sketch of the male suspect. He appears to be around five feet seven inches tall and possibly Asian. 

Investigators hope the circulation of the video, particularly within the Toronto Chinese community, will help them identify the suspect. 

Investigators found a blood trail and a toque with three Pokémon characters on it near the scene of a homicide in 2002. (Toronto Police Service)


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