Billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman were targeted and their deaths are now being investigated as a double homicide, Toronto police revealed Friday afternoon.
Homicide Det. -Sgt. Susan Gomes told reporters at a news conference Friday morning that the couple was last seen alive in the evening hours of Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 and had not made any contact with family, friends or associates after that.
Investigators have taken 348 "investigative actions", obtained 20 judicial authorizations and search warrants in what Gomes described as legal and challenging that so far has resulted in the seizure of 150 bulk or packaged items.
She also gave only vague information about some of the evidence police have gathered or seized from the home, a second Sherman property and Apotex.
Sherman had an estimated net worth of 4.77 billion Canadian dollars (3.71 billion U.S. dollars), making him Canada's 15th richest person.
"Facts guide our focus", Gomes said.
During the eulogy, Barry and Honey's son, Jonathon Sherman alluded to the targeted event: "When someone tries to snuff you out, or eliminate important parts of your family, we rally together and emerge stronger than ever". Gomes said anybody who had access to a realtor's lock box and the home in recent months is important to them. She said she understood their concerns about the pace of the highly complex probe. The couple's hands were not tied when they were found.
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Forbes has estimated Sherman's fortune at $3.2 billion.
"They hate us. They have private investigators on us all the time, trying to investigate".
Barry Sherman and his wife Honey who were found dead in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "Perhaps I'm surprised that hasn't happened", Barry Sherman told American author Jeffrey Robinson during an interview in 2000.
Following the gruesome discovery, several media outlets quoted unidentified police sources as saying the Apotex Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc. founder and his wife died in a murder-suicide.
Sherman, who started Apotex in 1974 and built it into a company with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, hadn't been involved in day-to-day operations since stepping down as CEO five years ago.
The allegations have not been proven in court and Apotex, Sandhu and Desai have filed motions to dismiss the complaint.
On Thursday, the federal lobbying watchdog ended its investigation into a complaint over fundraising efforts by the Shermans for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party.