*Note: Details in this report may be disturbing to some.
Some new and disturbing information is coming to light surrounding the deaths of Toronto billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman.
According to separate media reports, private investigators hired by the family believe the couple may have been murdered.
Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their North York home by a real estate agent on Dec. 15. The home was up for sale at the time and police have said there were no signs of forced entry.
The family has maintained the murder-suicide theory being probed at one point by police is not possible.
Police say they are still investigating the deaths as suspicious, though they have not been officially ruled homicides.
The reports quote private investigators who say there were markings on both of the Shermans’ wrists, a sign that at some point both had been tied up. They also say the pair were found seated, poolside, with winter coats pulled down over their shoulders to limit arm movement and with belts pulled tight around their necks. Those belts were likely the cause for ligature marks on their necks and likely also the cause of their deaths.
Police have never publicly revealed any details about the deaths, saying that autopsies performed show the couple died from “ligature neck compression.”
Police say no rope or other ties were found near the bodies but investigators did spend several days scouring the sewers around the couples North York home for evidence.
Sherman, the founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, faced legal action from family members alleging they had been cut out of the company over the years.