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Toronto police identify killer in cold case of 9-year-old Christine Jessop
How did Christine Jessops die? Cause of death
Sources say killer of 9-year-old Ontario girl in 1984 died by suicide in 2015
Toronto police have identified the killer of nine-year-old Christine Jessop, who was abducted from Queensville, Ont., before being raped and killed in 1984 — a case that resulted in the years-long wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin.
Sources say Calvin Hoover, a Toronto man who was 28 years old at the time of Jessop’s death, died by suicide.
Police did not confirm the cause of death at a news conference Thursday, saying only that Hoover died in 2015 and that there was no foul play.
Jessop was last seen on Oct. 3, 1984. Her body was found about three months later in a wooded area of Sunderland, Ont., about 56 kilometres from her rural home, on Dec. 31, 1984. Investigators say Jessop was stabbed to death.
Speaking to reporters, interim chief James Ramer said that on Oct. 9, 2020, police identified through DNA analysis the person whose semen was found in Jessop’s underwear.
“Christine was described as a girl who loved life, her family, school and sports,” Ramer said Thursday.
During the frantic search for the young girl, he said, “Her face was on every television set and in every newspaper.”
“There are no winners in this announcement,” said Ramer, adding the development is instead a “step forward” to bringing justice to Jessop’s family.
Police are appealing for the public’s help in filling in the timeline of Hoover’s life from 1984 to 2015.