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Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« on: November 22, 2009, 12:10:11 PM »
Maybe some readers from P.E.I. will have more information....and/or want to pass on a tip on this case.
 
http://www.peicrimestoppers.com/unsolved.php?id=14
Byron Carr was last seen alive at approximately 3:30 AM , Friday November 11th. 1988, which was the beginning of a long Remembrance Day week- end. He was driving a 1987 white Ford Tempo West on Sydney Street near the corner of Great George Street, Charlottetown. He was found dead in the bedroom of his home, 24 Lapthorne Avenue, Charlottetown, 31 hours later. Time of death was determined to be between 3:30 and 9:00 AM November 11th. Evidence at the scene indicated his death followed a sexual act with a male. Carr was strangled and stabbed and the killer left a note saying; ''I WILL KILL AGAIN!''

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 or click 'tips online'.

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.|''Crime Stoppers is not about telling on people . . .
It is about protecting your family, your home and your community!''

1. Releasing the photo is another step in the investigation.

2. Although the wording of the crime scene message had been previously released to the public in November of 1988, this is the first time we have released, an actual photo of the message.

3. The message was located on a wall within the victim's residence and is believed to be have been left by the person responsible for the death of Byron Carr.

4. The message has been examined by experts in the field of handwriting and printing analysis, however

5. We hope by releasing it to the public, someone may recognize the characteristics or style of the print letters within the message and be able to associate them to a person.

6. If anyone has information they are asked to Call the Charlottetown Police, Crime Stoppers or the Byron Carr Hotline 1-887-566-3952.

Investigator: Cst Brad MacConnell

Charlottetown Police Service

(902) 629-9938


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The above link tells a great deal - however if you google, there's a ton of repeat info. on this and apparently, it's back in the news.

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2009-11-10 - New information on Byron Carr homicide released today

The men's underwear left at the scene of the Byron Carr murder on Nov.11, 1998

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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New information on Byron Carr homicide investigation released today

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – With the 21st anniversary of the Byron Carr homicide tomorrow, Charlottetown Police are releasing new information about a key piece of evidence they hope will help them catch the killer.
Police are revealing -- for the first time – details about the piece of clothing found at the Lapthorne Avenue home where Carr was killed on Fri. Nov. 11, 1988.
A pair of small-waisted Zellers brand men’s bikini-style briefs was found at the crime scene. The underwear -- which contained both male and female DNA -- was sold exclusively in Canada.
Police are hoping to find the woman whose DNA profile was on the underwear. They believe she had an intimate relationship with the killer but she was not at the crime scene. The man’s DNA which was found on the briefs was also found on the victim’s body and in other parts of the bedroom.
Police displayed the briefs – blue with white waist and leg bands with a red and navy stripe -- on a 29-inch waist mannequin at the police station today. Cuts had been made in the front and back to remove samples of the material for genetic testing.
"We feel these belong to the person responsible for the death of Byron Carr," said Charlottetown Police Sgt. Brad MacConnell.
Carr, a Charlottetown teacher, was strangled then stabbed in his home. Evidence suggests his murder followed a sexual act with a male. Police re-opened the homicide investigation in September, 2007.




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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2009, 12:21:12 PM »
there is certainly a lot of attention to it all right now.....
maybe Chris will set it  into a Prince Edward Island topic section.

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2009, 12:26:40 PM »
seems to me there's so much evidence, that this homicide could have been solved years ago..... but, was neglected because it's not fashionable in conservative P.E.I. - to make a big effort to find the murderer of a gay person...  but times are changing and public will make demands...imho.
DNA now in the picture will make the public demand some action.... no need to let this case go unsolved any longer.

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2009, 01:07:58 PM »
a few good remarks by bloggers on these news write-up.

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=74586&sc=98

also interesting fact about a suspect...

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The case crept back into the news in 2002 when police voiced interest in matching the Carr DNA against that of Peter Dale MacDonald. A suspect at the time in Carr's murder, MacDonald was in custody in Ontario awaiting trial in two other killings.
Ontario police were able to charge him because they had a DNA sample, but ironically, P.E.I. police were not allowed to examine it because it was held in an Ontario data bank that is separate from the national system.
MacDonald was never charged in Carr's death and the murder once again slipped out of the media. Many Islanders, though, would raise concern over the case remaining unsolved, in particular during the trial of John David Rayner, who was convicted earlier this year of murdering Chrystal Dawn Beairsto.
Collins has heard the criticisms.
"The perception by some people in the community was 'are the police doing all they can to solve this file?' And we are.'
Charlottetown lawyer John Carr said he is pleased that police are taking another hard look at his brother's murder.

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 01:31:44 AM »
What? So police in PEI cannot test DNA taken from Ontario?

who is the system trying to protect here? Crap, you commit a felony, your DNA becomes like fingerprints, accessible to the police.


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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 11:41:09 AM »
exactly.... so even though Byron's brother is a lawyer, somebody has enough clout to cover this up - it seems to me.
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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2010, 12:56:01 PM »
take a look at the thread started for Peter Dale MacDonald, from the articles posted there, it looks like his connection to this case has surfaced again.

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2010, 02:12:08 PM »
I think a hand writing expert would tell you there looking for someone who is dyslectic you look at the print and the way it is done, It is very clear this person has dyslexia.

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2011, 11:52:19 PM »
Steven O'Brien was 18 years old and attending the Holland College Culinary Institute when he disappeared on March 20, 1993.

He was last seen at an intersection on Queen Street on a Friday night during March break. Steven O'Brien shared a characteristic with Byron Carr.

Mr.O'Brien was gay.
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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012, 01:36:11 AM »
Then maybe he did kill again and nobody realized it..

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2013, 08:08:37 PM »
Steven O'Brien shared a characteristic with Byron Carr.

Mr.O'Brien was gay.
unsolved Prince Edward Island Canada.

Was this known to people?  Was he out of the closet?  I am sensing some hate crime activity.  It's also PEI- someone knows something.

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Re: Byron Carr - 1988 Unsolved Homicide
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2017, 03:36:38 PM »
http://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/2013/11/8/charlottetown-police-have-new-theory-in-3471877.html

Charlottetown police have new theory in 25-year-old Byron Carr murder
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Published on November 8, 2013

CHARLOTTETOWN – With the 25th anniversary of Byron Carr’s murder fast approaching, police believe this cold case can — and will — be solved.

“We are confident we are going to be able to bring this to closure for the family,’’ Sgt. Brad MacConnell, the detective with the Charlottetown Police Services who has been leading a determined investigation since 2007, said Thursday.

“We think that we’re certainly on the playing field and it’s just a matter of time before we’re knocking on the door of the right person.’’

MacConnell says police have been able to advance a new theory and a new timeline for the events that led to the death of the popular 36-year-old gay teacher in his Charlottetown home on Nov. 11, 1988. Police now believe two people were involved.

CLICK HERE FOR A TIMELINE OF EVENTS ON THE DAYS AROUND BYRON CARR'S MURDER

MacConnell believes the killer acted alone in strangling Carr to death at his home following a sexual act. He also says a strong DNA profile believed to belong to the killer has been compiled from the crime scene.

Police have developed a profile of the killer being at the time of the crime between 15 and 25, likely bi-sexual, a resident of Charlottetown, and a person having had previous involvement with police.

Police still, however, do not know the person’s identity.

MacConnell, though, says police have been pursuing a strong lead that could eventually lead to the killer. Police have identified a person they are quite certain returned to the crime scene with the killer in an attempt to remove evidence.

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Two people have come forward stating this secondary person had confessed to this involvement. These people are not connected and these disclosures happened at different times, notes MacConnell.

The second witness, who came forward in 2012, provided information given from the secondary person that police feel “only someone involved in this crime would have known.’’

The secondary person, says MacConnell, was on a short list of suspects early in the investigation.

He was 27 at the time of the murder. A native of Charlottetown, he was believed to be bi-sexual and had a violent criminal history, including robberies of gay men. He had also recently been released from federal prison when Carr was murdered.

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While the man died 10 years ago, he is still seen as a promising link to the killer, says MacConnell.

“What this has put us in a position to do is to create a short list of people — associates, family members of this secondary person — and conduct interviews with them to identify the primary,’’ he says.

The DNA believed to be the killer’s does not match with any other cold case or any person in the DNA databank.

MacConnell believes Carr was stabbed when the killer returned with the second man in an attempt to remove incriminating evidence.

The crime scene, notes MacConnell, showed signs of frustration on the part of the two men.

“They came for something and they can’t find it and what we are seeing is some juvenile behavior associated to that and a lot of frustration in these acts,’’ he says.

One of those acts, he notes, is a letter warning “I will kill again.’’ MacConnell says handwriting analysis suggests the letter was not written by the killer, but by his accessory after the fact.

MacConnell says he knew tackling the cold case would be challenging when he took the lead more than six years ago. He is pleased with the effort, and the results, to date.

“Since we began the cold case review back in 2007, we have conducted an extensive crime scene analysis of the evidence,’’ he says.

“We have interviewed hundreds of people. We have used advances in technology such as DNA analysis and the media to advance this investigation. All of that has allowed us to advance a new theory and a new timeline for the events that surrounded the death of Byron Carr.’’

The gay community, he adds, has also stepped forward to provide valuable information to police.

“When we made our plea to the gay community, it wasn’t necessarily because we believed somebody in the gay community was involved, it was more of the fact that we believed somebody else in the gay community may have had a bad encounter with this person (Carr’s killer) around this time period,’’ says MacConnell.


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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2017, 09:27:12 PM »
Thanks for that update LG.