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Police name person of interest in mystery murder of billionaire philanthropist couple found hanged over their indoor pool

Investigators in Canada have identified a person of interest in the 2017 double murder of a pharmaceutical tycoon and his wife in their Toronto mansion.

Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his wife Honey Sherman were found dead the years ago in the indoor pool area of their mansion, which was on the market. As previously reported, a real estate agent went to the home on December 15 , 2017, when the couple could not be reached by phone. There, the real estate agent found the grisly scene: Barry, 75, and Honey, 69, were hanging dead from a railing near the indoor pool.

There was no note left behind, and no sign of forced entry — leading to early speculation that the pair had died in a murder-suicide. But Toronto police determined the couple had been the victims of a targeted murder, and sought surveillance video captured from neighbors’ homes as part of the investigation.

Barry Sherman founded the successful drug manufacturer Apotex in 1974, and reportedly became one of the richest men in the world with a personal net worth of over $3 billion.

The Toronto Star first reported this week that Toronto police had identified a person of interest in the apparent double murder, after a long period of silence and what appeared to be a stalled investigation. A law enforcement source confirmed the report to the Guardian, while noting that police have not made any arrests. Investigators have not publicly identified the person of interest or comment on their relationship to the murdered couple.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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[Feature image: AP Photo/Rob Gillies]