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Toronto police identify 'person of interest' in murders of billionaire couple

Toronto police have identified a person of interest in the high-profile murders three years ago of a Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire couple, but had not made an arrest.

Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead at their Toronto mansion in late 2017. Police initially said they were treating the case as a “targeted” double murder, but since then has been little news on the investigation.

On Wednesday, however, a police spokeswoman confirmed a report in the Toronto Star that a “person of interest” had been identified but not arrested. They did not give more details.

Barry Sherman founded Apotex in 1974 and turned it into one of the largest generic drugmakers before stepping down as chief executive in 2012.

He and his wife were known for their donations to hospitals, universities and Jewish organizations.

The Shermans’ bodies were found hanged in December 2017.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home, and although police described the deaths as “suspicious”, they also said they were not looking for any suspect.

The Sherman family has criticized police handling of the deaths and hired a private investigator of their own to look into the case. The detective completed the work last year but gave no details to the public.

In 2018, the family offered set up its own tip line and offered a reward of up to C$10m ($7.6m) for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect.

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