Canada police say who killed 9-year-old girl 36 years ago

Calvin Hoover

When her parents came home, they found her backpack on the kitchen counter, but their daughter was gone.

Her body was discovered months later, on New Year's Eve, in a farm field about 55 kilometres away. Forensic evidence indicated she had been sexually assaulted and stabbed soon after her abduction. Investigators found traces of semen in her underwear.

Guy Paul Morin, Jessop's neighbour, was arrested and wrongfully convicted of her murder.

Chief Ramer said a DNA sample found on Christine's underwear was identified on October 9 as belonging to Hoover.

"We are asking for the public's help as we look for information about Calvin Hoover, in an effort to create a timeline of his whereabouts and the last moments of Christine's life", Toronto Police said during a press conference on Thursday.

"There are no winners in this announcement, and this is not a reason to celebrate", Ramer said.

Though the news provides some obvious closure for Jessop's grief-stricken family, the killer, Toronto resident Calvin Hoover, will unfortunately not be brought to justice, as he died by his own hand back in 2015. Toronto police did not confirm that account.

"I knew that what my team was able to do is very, very unique, very special, very new, highly specialized and really important to collaborate with police every step of the way in order to really get it to work well", Redgrave said from Athol, Mass. However, he was only identified as a potential suspect through genetic genealogy tracing done in the United States.

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Two photos of Calvin Hoover taken in 2015. The sample obtained from Jessop's underwear was an unknown sample.

While he did have an old criminal record, police said it was not significant in relation to Christine's murder. "The justice system failed me but science saved me". "I think we are all genuinely relieved that the person actually responsible for this has finally been identified".

Lockyer, who was instrumental in having Morin's conviction overturned, also expressed relief at the news. He spent a total of 18 months in jail.

Police only said that Hoover and his wife had a "neighbor acquaintance" relationship with the Jessop family. "They have been through a awful ordeal for 36 years since they lost Christine in 1984".

I am here because of the diligent work of Toronto Police investigators.

"When DNA exonerated me in January, 1995, I was sure that one day DNA would reveal the real killer and now it has", Morin said. Morin was acquitted at his first trial, but convicted of first-degree murder on retrial in 1992 and sentenced to life in prison.

The team that helped free Morin went on to found the organization now known as Innocence Canada, a non-profit dedicated to identifying and exonerating other Canadians who have been wrongly convicted of crimes.

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