Toronto Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they work to solve a 21-year-old murder that took place in the city’s downtown core.
On Sunday, March 8, 1998 at about 7:15 am, a resident reportedly called police to the rear parking lot of 130 Carlton Street. Upon arriving at the scene, officers from 51 Division discovered the body Donna Oglive, 24, in the corner of the parking lot on the east-north side of Jarvis and Carlton.
Police say that Oglive, a British Columbia resident, was in Toronto for five weeks prior to her murder.
Known to travel between BC and Toronto regularly, she had reportedly been working as a sex trade worker in the Gerrard Street East and Church Street area.
Oglive was of Filipino descent, had dark skin, was about 5’5”, and approximately 160 pounds. She had black, shoulder-length hair and was wearing a long white high heel boots, a mini skirt and fur jacket.
Police say that a post-mortem examination revealed that strangulation was the cause of death, and that Oglive was pregnant with a male fetus of approximately four months.
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Homicide Cold Case Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant says that a DNA profile has been created.
“He’s not currently in our national DNA data bank,” said Gallant. “What we need is a name to go with this DNA. Come forward and identify this person to assist in solving this case of a pregnant woman. It has been 21 years and this killer has not been held responsible. If you know who is responsible, take that step and help bring this offender to justice.”
Gallant says that anyone who comes forward with information may remain anonymous. Since police have the DNA, all that’s needed is a name.
“Bring that name into this investigation and help solve this case,” he said.