The woman whose body was found in a North York park on Saturday was the victim of a “particularly violent act” said Sgt. Terry Brown, Toronto Police Homicide Squad on Sunday.
The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Virgil Jack. She was found without vital signs at around 12:45 p.m. by a local resident who frequents the park.
Emergency services attended and pronounced her dead at the scene and police deemed the death suspicious.
Police say her body was found partiallyy submerged in Black Creek which runs through Derrydowns park, close to the Finch Avenue West entrance.
An ongoing post-mortem investigation revealed she sustained multiple penetrating stab wounds.
In a press conference, Sgt. Brown said it is unclear if the incident occurred in the park or the body was brought there some time after the assault.
Further, Brown also said investigators are looking into tire tracks that were found on the grass nearby.
“It appears as though someone was in a hurry to leave very very quickly and the tire tracks are somewhere you would not anticipate or expect to find vehicles,” he said. “We also believe whoever was driving that vehicle hit the curb and there could be some significant damage to the undercarriage.”
Brown added that Jack was newly married and lived nearby in the Keele and Finch area. Her husband does not live in Canada.
As per the investigation, Jack was last seen around 2:30 p.m. on Friday wearing camouflage tights, a blue and white top and green or turquoise ball cap.
Her family indicated she lived a quiet lifestyle and her movements were usually predictable. They became concerned when she did not return home on Saturday morning, but she was not reported missing.
Brown also revealed that Jack’s body was found an estimated 75 yards away from a parking lot. Based on the extent and severity of her injuries, he says it’s possible someone could have witnessed the incident.
“If someone was in that area they most likely would have heard what had happened, assuming the assault occurred to her at this location,” he said.
He added that currently, the main focus of the investigation is determining Jack’s whereabouts or who she might have interacted with in the hours leading up to her death.
Anyone who was in the area on Friday afternoon is being asked to come forward.