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Toronto's Oldest Cold Case That Remains a Mystery to This Day

By Duncan Toronto, Ontario UCF # 104200215

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Patricia Lupton

Patricia Lupton

The victim was discovered off the roadway, suffering from medical trauma. Despite life-saving efforts by emergency personnel, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Toronto, Ontario - On March 9, 1959 at 6:20pm 12 year-old Patricia Lupton went to get picked up from a man who called himself Mr. Johnson, who was answering her ad for her babysitting services.

Between 7:30 and 8pm three men found her strangled to death tossed near the side of the road on McCowan Road south of Ellesmere Road - a short distance from where she lived/got picked up.

Lupton was pronounced dead on the scene and was last seen alive en route to Kennedy Park Plaza sometime after 5:30 p.m. Over 60 years later, no one knows what happened to her.

Patricia Lupton is the oldest Toronto Police Service cold case. Little is known about the case and there is a startlingly low amount of information out there that is often contradicted.

Patricia Lupton is one of more than a hundred cases that still remain unsolved from the Toronto Police Service's time as the Central Detective Bureau (CDB). Cold cases are the ones where the murder occurred at least ten years ago. In all of these cases, Toronto Police are hoping that someone will come forward with information. In most cases, they've been forgotten about since the original investigation. Sometimes, the details aren't enough for an arrest to be made, but in some cases, it's been proven that someone did it.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Toronto Police Homicide at 416-808-7400 or at homicide@torontopolice.on.ca

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