Toronto police identify 'person of interest' in murder of Jewish couple

Toronto police say they identified a “person of interest” in murders of Jewish philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman.

Elad Benari , | updated: 2:54 PM

Toronto police
Toronto police

Toronto police said on Wednesday they had identified a “person of interest” in the high-profile murders three years ago of Jewish philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman, but had not made an arrest, Reuters reports.

The Shermans were found hanging by belts from a railing next to a swimming pool at their Toronto mansion in late 2017. Police say they are treating the case as a targeted double murder.

“The Toronto Police Service can confirm that a person of interest has been identified but not arrested,” spokeswoman Jenifferjit Sidhu said by email. She 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.

Police had previously said both died of “ligature neck compression,” but have released few other details about the investigation, other than the fact that they considered their deaths “suspicious”.

The Sherman family has criticized police handling of the deaths and hired a private investigator of their own to look into the case.