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Charlottetown police asking tipster in Byron Carr cold case to reach out again

Byron Carr was murdered in his Charlottetown home on Nov. 11, 1988. Police believe two people were involved and are making a new plea for possible new information.
Byron Carr was murdered in his Charlottetown home on Nov. 11, 1988. Police believe two people were involved and are making a new plea for possible new information. - -File photo

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - With the 30th anniversary of Byron Carr’s murder approaching, Charlottetown police are making a new plea for possible new information.

Deputy Police Chief Brad MacConnell said Wednesday police are trying to engage a man who had attempted to make contact with them back in July.

“(He) had left a couple of messages but didn’t leave any contact information for me to get a hold of him,’’ MacConnell said.

Brad MacConnell
Brad MacConnell

The deputy chief hasn’t heard anything since then, so he decided to try to get word to him through media interviews.

“It is more kind of a plea to him that if he has something he wants to share, please share, but (also) to anyone else in the public that may have information in this matter to contact us.’’

Police have a theory and a 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 believe two people were involved.

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

MacConnell believes Carr was stabbed when the killer returned with the second man in an attempt to remove incriminating evidence. The crime scene, the deputy chief noted in 2013, showed signs of frustration on the part of the two men.

“It is more kind of a plea to him that if he has something he wants to share, please share, but (also) to anyone else in the public that may have information in this matter to contact us.’’
-Deputy Police Chief Brad MacConnell

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

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

The calls to police in July were made from a pay phone at the Charlottetown Mall.

“(The caller) has never spoken to me, he’s never left messages and he didn’t leave any contact information,’’ MacConnell said, noting that he hopes the media interviews will convince the man who made the calls to reach out again.

MacConnell notes that there are no security cameras in the mall to help police identify the man who made the calls in July.

“There’s cameras in the individual stores, (but) none of them cover the area.’’

MacConnell believes police will eventually crack this cold case.

“We’re still working away, taking advantage of new advances in DNA science and it’s a lot of data to process, but we’re still confident that we’re going to be able to bring this to closure (and) bring closure to the family.’’

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