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Tory calls for external independent review of missing persons cases

Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm EDT

Mayor John Tory is calling for an external independent review of how missing persons cases are handled in Toronto.

Tory says there are “many unanswered questions” and he will be making the formal request at the next Police Services Board meeting in March.

The comments were made at the guns and gangs summit in Ottawa after reports surfaced that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur was once interviewed and released by Toronto police during an investigation years ago.

Toronto police have come under intense scrutiny over how the case was handled.

“This case is a tragic case. …There are many unanswered questions,” said Tory. “It’s why I’ve called for an external independent review of missing persons cases generally and how they’re handled and how we can do better.”

Tory says the results of the review should be made public as soon as possible and not wait for the McArthur investigation to run its course.

“I think the sooner we have answers to some of these unanswered questions that will be better for everybody.”

Tory adds he will also ask the Province to consider holding a public inquiry at the close of any criminal proceedings.