In December, a Canadian billionaire and his wife were found dead in their home. After the December 15th death, police said their deaths were suspicious, but there were no signs of forced entry.
On Friday, police amended their earlier statement. Detective Sergeant Susan Gomes said the deaths of the couple, Barry and Honey Sherman, was a double homicide, reported Fox.
"We have sufficient evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation and that both Honey and Barry Sherman were in fact targeted," Gomes said, who declined to discuss possible suspects.
The Barry Sherman was the 75-year-old founder of the generic drug maker Apotex. Honey, who was 70, was a philanthropist. They were found dead in their mansion north of Toronto.
At the time of their deaths, police said they were not looking for suspects. In the days that followed, media outlets quoted unidentified police officers who speculated the death was a murder-suicide. The theory was never confirmed publicly by authorities.
Gomes said the husband and wife were found hanging by belts from a railing that surrounds their indoor pool. They were in a semi-seated position on the pool deck.
The family refused to let the matter rest. They performed a private investigation and a second autopsy that conflicted with the murder-suicide theory.
According to the Toronto Star, which reported the new evidence, both Shermans died by “ligature neck compressions.” The new autopsy also reportedly determined that men’s leather belts were used to strangle the couple.
In a statement, the family said they anticipated the police department's announcement.
“This conclusion was expressed by the family from the outset and is consistent with the findings of the independent autopsy and investigation," the statement said. “The family continues to support the Toronto Police Service in their efforts to seek justice for their parents and pursue those responsible for these unspeakable crimes.”
Gomes also commented on the family. She said, "For them it's been difficult to balance their patience with their frustration with us and our investigation—not unlike any other family who have suffered such a sudden and profound loss," Gomes said. "They have been understanding, cooperative and hopeful that this investigation can give them some answers."
Canadian Business magazine recently estimated Barry Sherman's worth at 4.77 billion Canadian dollars ($3.65 billion). That made him the 15th richest person in the country.