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  1. #1
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    Oct 2009

    Canada - Yvonne Leroux, 16, North York, Ont, 30 Nov 1972

    Yvonne Leroux


    "York Region police are offering a $50,000 reward in a renewed push to find the killer of a 16-year-old girl murdered more than four decades ago.

    A passerby found Yvonne Leroux’s body along 16th Sideroad between Keele and Jane streets in King City on Nov. 30, 1972. She had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    “It’s on my mind 24 hours a day,” said Yvonne’s father Gerry Leroux, 83"

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    Oct 2009
    This is haunting!
    That dear Father loves his little girl, she was only 16!
    The pain in Mr Leroux's voice and eyes, could shatter the ice of the coldest heart.


    “To me, this reward was just like a pot of gold dropping on your lap,” Leroux said. “I can’t thank … the detective enough for what he is doing on my behalf.”

    When Yvonne was 15 years old, she began spending time with a bad crowd. She started experimenting with drugs. Leroux believes she got mixed up in a gang, that she got in too deep, knew too much.

    “She tried to get away from them. She tried to get out of the gang and didn’t want to get our family involved in the gang,” Leroux said.

    Yvonne was the second of four children. When Leroux is in the woods outside his home, he said he can hear Yvonne talking to him.

    “I just sit there listening to the birds and, sometimes, I hear her. I hear her voice saying ‘Daddy, they’re hurting me,’” Leroux said.

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    Oct 2009

    " A $50,000 reward has been posted in an effort to revive interest in the case. Police are also looking for clues from as far away as Windsor.

    According to Sgt. Clint Whitney, Leroux lived in Windsor as a child, and frequently visited the area after her family moved to Toronto.

    Any tip, no matter how small, could yield the critical piece of information that solves this,” Whitney said.

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    "It’s been nearly 42 years since Yvonne Leroux’s lifeless body was found at the 16th Sdrd. of King Township between Jane and Keele Sts.

    The grim discovery of the 16-year-old Weston girl, who had been last seen the evening of Nov. 29, 1972 near Humber River Hospital in North York, would be made a day later. The coroner’s office determined blunt force trauma to be the cause of death.

    Now, York Regional Police, with the help of Toronto Police, is bringing this cold case back into the public eye and offering a $50,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest."

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    Oct 2009

    "York Regional Police requests public’s assistance with 1972 cold case, $50,000 reward offered, Yvonne Leroux, 16

    Friday, May 30, 2014 – 9:31 AM
    Corporate Communications
    1 866-876-5423 ext 7

    York Regional Police has asked us to post the following:

    tps may 30The Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board is offering a $50,000 reward in an effort to solve the 1972 murder of a 16-year-old Weston youth. The reward will be in effect until March 26, 2015.

    On Thursday, November 30, 1972, the body of 16-year-old Yvonne Leroux of Weston (Toronto), was located on 16th Side Road between Jane Street and Keele Street in King Township. Blunt force trauma was determined to be the cause of death. The investigation revealed that Yvonne was last seen in the evening on November 29, 1972, near the York Finch General Hospital (known today as the Humber River Hospital), located at Finch Avenue and Norfinch Drive in North York (Toronto).

    At the time of the murder, officers conducted interviews and investigated information supplied by the public, however the death of Yvonne Leroux remains unsolved.

    Yvonne Leroux is described as approximately 5’3″, with a medium build, with long, dark brown wavy hair, last seen wearing a navy-blue wool coat, a white shirt, blue jeans, a metal chain around her neck, and and three-quarter-length tan boots with zippers, and carrying a brown purse.

    Despite the passage of time, investigators in our Homicide Unit remain actively committed to solving this case. With the advent of new forensic techniques and input from members of the public, investigators are hopeful that they will be able to move the investigation forward.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police at 1 866-876-5423 ext 7865, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World."

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    More than four decades after Yvonne Leroux was found dead in York Region, police have not given up their attempts to find out who killed her...

    Killby said that police have a male DNA profile from the crime scene, which remains unidentified.

  7. #7
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    Oct 2009
    Thanks so much OkieGranny for this update ( and all the many other ones too!)

    Wonder if the perp has moved, or if it is a matter of time before his DNA is matched up to another crime?

  8. #8
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    Oct 2014
    Cold Case Files: Ontario police continue to hunt Yvonne Leroux’s killer 44 years later


    Diane Leroux has seen a lifetime pass and still has no answers around who killed her 16-year-old daughter, Yvonne Leroux.

    “You think about it over the years, she was only 16. I have grandchildren from my oldest daughter, from my son and my youngest daughter. I have none from her,” Diane said.

    “Something that you had is gone and it’s gone and gone forever,” said Diane. “And there’s nothing you can do about it.”

    It’s been 44 years since Yvonne’s death and police are still on the hunt for the person responsible.

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    Police renew $50,000 reward in King cold case

    April 18, 2016 ·
    By Mark Pavilons
    York Regional Police have not given up hope of cracking a 44-year-old murder case.
    They’re offering a $50,000 reward for information that helps them solve the 1972 murder of 16-year-old Yvonne Leroux.
    The body of 16-year-old Leroux of Weston (Toronto), was located in King Township, on the 16th Sideroad, between Jane Street and Keele Street Nov. 30, 1972.
    The investigation revealed that she was last seen the evening of Nov. 29, 1972, near the York Finch General Hospital (known today as the Humber River Hospital), at Finch Avenue and Norfinch Drive in North York.
    She was a student at Toronto’s Emery Collegiate
    and had been involved in the city’s drug scene for about a year and a half. At roughly 7 p.m. that night, she left her parents’ home on Topeka Road to attend a group therapy session

    With the advent of new forensic techniques and input from members of the public, investigators are hopeful that they will be able to move the investigation forward.
    The reward will be in effect until March 26, 2017.
    Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the York Regional Police Homicide Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7865, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com or text a tip by sending TIPYORK and a message to CRIMES (274637).

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    August 21 2017
    COLD CASE — Yvonne Leroux, killed 46 years ago, leaves one last puzzle for mom

    Mother of Yvonne, Diana has a number of theories about what happened to her including motorcycle gangs, police as $50K reward remains in place

    by Jeremy Grimaldi
    According to Diana, the family's troubles began one July 1 1971, when Yvonne took her brother Joey to a nearby fireworks celebration. Once there, her mother said Yvonne accepted a ride from a male acquaintance who said he was going to pick up three friends.

    Her mother said Yvonne came home at around 11 p.m., two hours after young Joey did. She was crying and said she'd been raped by four boys. Police reports show charges were laid, but eventually withdrawn in Dec. 1971.

    Soon after, Diana said Yvonne took the dog she raised from a rescued puppy and ran away from home.

    “All I did was drive around looking for her,” said Diana. “I was very upset.”

    It was only months later that a relative in Windsor said she'd seen Yvonne in town.

    Despite spending hours scouring the Southern-Ontario border town, Diana never found her daughter. Nine months later, Yvonne returned home, this time with three tattooed dots in the shape of a triangle on the web of skin between the thumb and the index finger on both hands.

    This tattoo is often associated to gangs and Diana believes it signified that Yvonne was now "property of the gang" she told her mother she'd got mixed up with.

    Although Yvonne never explained which motorcycle gang she'd been associating with, she did say that she'd told them “no” and left after they insisted that she become a drug runner.

    “She was under the thumb of that gang,” Diana added. “She wouldn't tell me the name of the gang, she said 'I am putting you in danger if I tell you too much'.”
    Police said prior to her murder, Yvonne was living with a friend's family, the Grechs and dating a man older than her named Donald Ranger.

    When Diana and Yvonne told police, Diana said one detective told her: “If it was my daughter, I wouldn’t let her out of my sight”.

    About one month before she went missing, Diana said Yvonne was at a local venue decorating for an event with Gerry, when Yvonne came running inside, frightened for her life and said: “Oh my god, they are out there, they want to kill me”.

    Sometimes Diana said she felt as though someone was following her and noted how one particular neighbour told her all those years ago that he’d witnessed a car parked outside her home repeatedly.
    The autopsy report, according to Diana, had abrasions on the back of both hands, something she associates with the gang trying to destroy the tattoos on her hands.

    Diana said police told her Yvonne was living under an assumed name, and sometimes calling herself Linda Jessop and JJ.

    She also explained how Yvonne came to her in a dream and said the name of one of the men involved in the murder — uttering the words Bonafiglio or Brugafiglio.
    In 2014 York police announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Police wouldn't divulge much information about the male DNA profile discovered at the scene, but did say inquiries have been made by York Regional Police with the Centre for Forensic Sciences in regards to that sample as late as 2016.

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