Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Byron Carr was last seen alive at approximately 3:00 am, Friday November 11, 1988, which was the beginning of a long Remembrance Day weekend. He was found dead in the bedroom of his home, 24 Lapthorn Avenue, Charlottetown, 31 hours later.
Time of death was determined to be between 3:00 and 9:00 am, November 11. Evidence at the scene indicated his death followed a sexual encounter with another male. Carr was strangled, stabbed and the killer left a note saying; "I WILL KILL AGAIN!"
Andrew still holds out hope for closure. He was friends with Byron Carr and recalls him fondly. He remembers Byron the host — an introvert, but one who loved to be with people. He remembers the music Carr liked — rock and roll and other things — and the dinner parties he threw.
But those memories are tinged with sadness because Carr's 1988 murder has never been solved. "I'm saddened for his family, and I’m sad for his friends," said Andrew, who spoke to SaltWire on the condition his surname is withheld.
"I hope and pray that this will get solved somehow. My second thought is, he has a lovely family."
On Friday November 11, 1988, a witness reportedly saw Carr parked talking to a man on a bicycle at Prince and Richmond Streets. Carr pulled away, drove north up Prince Street in the direction of his house. The man on the bike appeared to follow. This is the last known sighting of Carr alive. Police believe the cyclist may be his killer.
Carr, a 36-year-old gay teacher who tried to keep his sexuality a secret, was known to cruise the Queen Square area of Charlottetown, a place where other gay men commonly frequented. In the early hours of Friday, Nov. 11, 1988, Carr dropped off a friend in the city's downtown area. He was last seen Friday between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. driving a white Ford Tempo west on Sydney Street approaching Great George Street. Next day Saturday, at 2:30 a.m., residents in his area reported hearing Carr's dog barking, which wasn't common, and a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
Police believe the murderer and a second man returned to the house, and this is what the dog was barking at. It was at this time, they believe, the message "I will Kill Again" was written on the wall and Carr was stabbed with a long-handled kitchen knife. Police believe the two men were looking to retrieve items from the house that might identify the killer. A pair of socks was left behind in the kitchen garbage.
Concerned that Carr has not appeared at a family function, relatives went to the house. They found the kitchen door ajar and the dog in his kennel. Carr's body was discovered in his bedroom at 11a.m.
Investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have been on city streets at that time. Anyone with any information regarding this crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call the CCPD Hot Line 1 877 566-3952 or PEI Crime Stoppers 1 800 222 TIPS.
You will remain anonymous and Crime Stoppers will pay an award of $2000 to anyone who provides information that will lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Byron Carr.
If you a information about Byron Carr's murder, they are asked to Call the Charlottetown Police, Crime Stoppers or the Byron Carr Hotline 1-887-566-3952.
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