Ending weeks of silence on the high-profile case on the deaths of pharmaceutical giant Barry Sherman and his philanthropist wife Honey Sherman, the Toronto police have given an update and say the two were the targeted victims of a double murder.
The Toronto police share that they came to such findings after a six-week examination of the enormous amount of evidence. The announcement on the latest development in the case was shared with the public on Friday afternoon by Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes of the Toronto police homicide unit, shortly after control of the Sherman mansion was returned to the family.
The couple was last seen alive on December 13, a Wednesday. From then on, family, friends, and associates could no longer contact the Shermans. Their bodies were discovered two days after inside their home.
Gomes confirmed earlier reports that the couple’s bodies were found together in the lower-level pool area of their mansion, hanging by belts from a poolside railing in a semi-seated position on the pool deck, wearing clothes.
Police then discovered no signs of forced entry on all access points to the home. Gomes said: “The Shermans were targeted in this event.” She, however, refused to discuss possible suspects or motives yet.
The probe described as “difficult” is still ongoing. Gomes also said that they are in the process of getting 20 judicial authorizations and searches. She added: “Legal complexities in some executions have been challenging given the litigious nature of Barry Sherman’s businesses, in particular, the search and seizure of electronics in Barry Sherman’s workspace at Apotex.”
The couple’s two residential properties have been extensively searched. It proved to be a time-consuming task given the sheer size of the victims’ three-story mansion. Close to 150 bulk or packaged items have been seized and are currently being reviewed and forensically analyzed.”