Toronto police are looking for a man they believe killed his mother and left her body in the east Toronto apartment they shared.

Homicide Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan says Justin Scott is wanted for first-degree murder.

His mother's body was discovered in an apartment at 189 Cedarvale Avenue, near Danforth and Woodbine Avenues, around noon on Tuesday. The death was quickly deemed suspicious and the coroner was called in.

Toronto Cedarvale Avenue suspicious death

Police remained on scene at the Cedarvale Avenue apartment building throughout the day. (Neil Herland/CBC)

Police have identified the victim as Linda Scott, 65, and confirmed the two lived together. 

Ryan told reporters Scott is known to police and said he may have fled to Quebec. Ryan urged the man to contact a lawyer and turn himself in.

Scott, who is 25-years-old, is described as 5'10 with a muscular build and red hair.

Anyone who sees Scott should contact police and not approach him.

Homicide detectives are looking to speak with anyone who might have information about the case.

This is the city's 21st homicide of the year.