Toronto police said that Canadian billionaire couple Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife Honey, 70, were murdered, according to reports on Friday, Jan. 26.
Gomes said both were found dead by a real estate agent on December 15 in the lower level pool area of their North York mansion, hanging by belts from a poolside railing. They were fully clothed and in a semi-seated position. There were no signs of a break-in at the home leading to the conclusion that whoever killed the couple had a key or were otherwise allowed into the residence.
Gomes said the Sherman's were last seen during the evening hours of Wednesday, December 13th and weren't seen or heard from again until their bodies were found on Friday, December 15th. Their real estate agent reportedly found the couple dead the morning of Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at around 11:44 a.m. Berman sad Desai's departure was not related to the Toronto police press conference.
Police never said on the record that this wasn't a murder investigation, but they definitely gave that impression within 24-hours of the discovery of the bodies.
Those investigators found signs suggesting the pair, well-known in the community for their philanthropy, had their wrists bound together at some point, a source familiar with the probe told CBC.
The Toronto Star reported last week that the private investigators believed the Shermans were victims of a double-murder, possibly a contract killing.
Barry Sherman founded Apotex in 1974 and built it into one of the world's biggest generic drug makers, making him one of Canada's richest people.
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Homicide detectives probing the case have classified it as suspicious, but there has been a running controversy over how they died.
So far, 127 witnesses have been interviewed, but the list of people that detectives still need to speak with is growing, she said.
"We haven't developed any suspects", Sgt Det Gomes said.
"The only presented options being double suicide, homicide-suicide or double homicide", said Gomes.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said in statement he was "shocked and heartbroken" to learn of the deaths, noting that the couple had made extensive contributions to the city.
The statement added that the family continues to support police "in their efforts to seek justice for their parents and pursue those responsible for these unspeakable crimes".
Shortly after, the family hired their own private investigator in search of answers.