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Police appeal for information in 1983 murder of 9-year-old girl

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 5th, 2017

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More than 30 years after her death, Toronto police continue to search for the person responsible for the murder of nine-year-old Sharin Morningstar Keenan.

Dennis Melvin Howe, who would now be 76, is still wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in her death back in 1983.

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Police said Keenan was playing in Jean Sibelius Square on Brunswick Avenue near Bathurst Street shortly before 4 p.m. on Jan. 23, 1983, when she was abducted.

On Feb. 1, her body was found in the refrigerator of a rooming house on Brunswick where Howe rented a room. She was sexually assaulted and strangled.

At the time of her disappearance, police said Keenan was seen speaking to a man at the park. She never returned home.

Police are appealing to relatives who may have information on Howe’s whereabouts to contact them.

“Dead or alive, we’re looking for Dennis Melvin Howe. We have his DNA. Someone knows where he is. We want to hear from you,” Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant said in a release.

On Wednesday, police released a video for information leading to an arrest in the case. Police also released composite images of what Howe may look like today.

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