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Cheryl/Lynn Black AKA Ford ? May 18, 2004 ? Murdered - Edmonton
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:16:39 PM »
Cheryl/Lynn Black AKA Ford
COD: /Badly burned
Date found: May 18, 2004
Location found: Edmonton, AB
Date last seen: May 16, 2004
Location last seen: Edmonton, AB

Cheryl/Lynn Black AKA Ford ? May 18, 2004 ? Age ? Murdered - - On 2004 May 18, a citizen called police to report that a body was in a burned-out dumpster behind 10322-83 Avenue. The body was so badly burned, that at that point the age, sex, or race of the victim could not be determined. On 2004 August 17, the victim was positively identified by the Medical Examiner?s Office. Police are investigating this death as a homicide. To date, none of the information received during the course of the original and subsequent investigations has led to an arrest.


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Re: Cheryl/Lynn Black AKA Ford ? May 18, 2004 ? Murdered - Edmonton
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 07:16:51 AM »
Cops seek tips in dumpster death

She was tossed into a dumpster and burned so badly it took an autopsy to confirm her gender.

Now, four years after Cheryl Lynn Black's fiery death, cops say one tip could rekindle a murder investigation that's slowly going cold.

"Someone out there could be holding key information that's sitting close to (their) chest," said city police spokesman Dean Parthenis.

"It might be time to share that information with investigators and make that call as soon as possible."

Black, a convicted killer who was living on the streets, met her end in 2004. Her body was discovered that August in a dumpster in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood.

At the time, cops said they believed Black had been making money for about a year by picking bottles.

Evidence suggested Black was still alive when someone set her on fire.

A $40,000 reward in the case - which one detective called "pretty ugly - has gone unclaimed.

"There have not been new clues since the homicide occurred in 2004," Parthenis said. "It's still one key tip away from being solved."

Last week, cops were busy investigating the death of yet another street person, after a 44-year-old homeless man was beaten and later died in hospital.

Cops said Fabian DeLorme was attacked with golf clubs by three people.

He died in hospital but an autopsy was inconclusive. Toxicology tests are now underway.

Two men have been charged with aggravated assault, but those charges could be upgraded, depending on the medical examiner's findings.


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Re: Cheryl/Lynn Black AKA Ford ? May 18, 2004 ? Murdered - Edmonton
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2015, 12:58:28 PM »
Excerpt from:
No suspects in three cold case killings   
By Pamela Roth, Edmonton Sun 
First posted:  Monday, November 28, 2011 07:59 AM MST  | Updated:  Tuesday, December 04, 2012 10:31 AM MST 

Cheryl Lynn Black lived a hard life.

The 46-year-old small-framed woman, originally from the Siksika First Nation west of Calgary, was a convicted killer and alcoholic living on the streets of Edmonton, picking bottles to survive.

On May 18, 2004, Black's hard life came to a violent end when somebody set her on fire and left her body in a dumpster behind the Walterdale Playhouse at 83 Avenue and 103 Street in Old Strathcona.

She was so badly burned that it took three months for police to identify her. Since she had no teeth, hospital x-rays were used to find out her name.

Det. Ron Johnson of the city police was one of the investigators working on the case and described the crime scene as "ugly."

In order to find out who the woman was, police started with a list of 98 homeless women who might fit the description of the body and then whittled it down.

"That was really grim," said Johnson about the crime. "There was no fingerprints to go on. We beat the bushes for a couple of months."

Who killed Blac remains a mystery, but she made some enemies over the years.

In 1992, Black stabbed her 31-year-old common-law husband Greg Goodine to death in the Calgary home they shared.

She was convicted of second- degree murder, but was later sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.

A family member later said Black lived in fear that Goodine's family would track her down for revenge.

But investigators pointed out that finding her on the streets of Edmonton wouldn't have been an easy task.

As far as finding the killer, Johnson said police didn't have any witnesses to the crime, but there were a couple leads to follow.

At one point, he was convinced cops had a viable suspect. That man was picked up and interviewed, but ad a "perfect logical explanation" for every question.

In 2005, investigators were planning torch a dead pig in a dumpster to see if that could determine what kind of fuel was used to burn Black's body. The test was can-celled, however, due to high winds and never re-scheduled.

Johnson believes the killing was completely random, but could still be solved with a single tip.

"Those are always tough to solve," he said. "There is no rhyme or reason to it."

Black is on the list of many random unsolved homicides that have gone cold for several years.


A $40,000 reward is still available in all three cases. The information would have to lead to the arrest of the killer