Police identify murder victim found in bag as 46-year-old woman


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Police have identified a woman whose dismembered body was found earlier this week in a garbage bag in eastern Toronto.

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Toronto police said Wednesday night that the deceased woman has been identified as Tien Ly, 46, of Toronto. Investigators seek the public’s help in locating her son, 20-year-old Dallas Ly, and say they are concerned for his well-being.

This is the 17th murder of 2022 in Toronto. No details have been released about arrests or suspects.

Police reportedly spent much of Wednesday in and around a building on Carlaw Ave., minutes from where the body was found two days earlier. Police confirmed that Ly and her son lived in that building.

The woman’s remains were discovered in a bag at about 1:30 p.m. Monday on the south side of Eastern Ave., near Berkshire Ave., west of Leslie St.

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The following night at the scene, police confirmed the victim’s death was considered homicide and told reporters there were “clear signs of trauma to the body, including some mutilation.”

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Police said Tuesday they were focusing their investigation on the victim’s “distinctive” nail design and color. They released images of nails, as well as a long-sleeved shirt the victim was wearing, with a red “Armani Exchange” logo.

Distinct patterns on fingernails and toenails were a key part of a Toronto Police Department murder investigation after remains were found in a garbage bag.
Distinct patterns on fingernails and toenails were a key part of a Toronto Police Department murder investigation after remains were found in a garbage bag. Photo by HANDOUTTORONTO POLICE

At the time, police also said they were looking for someone who was pushing into the area a collapsible shopping cart filled with “what appear to be black trash bags.”

Anyone with information can call 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS, or visit 222tips.com.

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