Toronto police ask neighbours for help in Wynford Drive murder case

TORONTO – A 78-year-old woman whose body was found in her apartment on the weekend was murdered, Toronto police said Monday.

Det. Mike Carbone said an unknown person entered the unit of Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi on Friday and that following an altercation, she was murdered.

Her body was found Saturday morning in her apartment in the upscale condominium complex (on Wynford Drive in the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue East area.)

Police are asking neighbours in the multi-storey complex to think back to last Friday afternoon and evening and to come forward if they have any information on her death or her whereabouts that day.

“Our message here today is to reach out to anyone from that building who may have remembered seeing this lady,” Carbone said Monday.

Bostani-Khamsi was last seen on Wednesday at the building and appeared to be going about her usual routine, he said.

“We’ve already canvassed the building several times. We intend on doing it again but we’re certainly looking to speak to anyone who’s had any contact with her or spoken to her during that time period or seen something unusual in the building in and around that time.”

Carbone would not disclose the cause of death but says an autopsy was done and there were obvious signs of trauma. Bostani-Khamsi was widowed and lived alone in the unit, he said.

Police don’t believe her death was a random incident, Carbone said, adding robbery was “absolutely” a possibility. He said police are looking at surveillance video but gave few other details about the crime scene, saying it was still very early in the investigation.

“I believe she was targeted,” he said. “The question is why?”