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Toronto police exhume teen’s body, trying to determine if 1992 suicide was a murder


In a rare step, Toronto Police have began exhuming the body of a 15-year-old boy Tuesday morning in connection to the “suitcase murder” of his older sister.

The coroner’s office and investigators from homicide squad’s cold case unit were at Beechwood Cemetery in Vaughan, where a backhoe pushed past newly fallen snow to break ground just after 10 a.m. and reveal the casket of Dwayne Biddersingh.

Biddersingh’s fall from the 22nd floor balcony of his family’s Parkdale apartment was deemed a suicide in 1992.

But after his 17-year-old sister Melonie was found tortured, inside a burnt out suitcase two years later, investigators now say they want to make sure they didn’t miss anything.

Det.-Sgt. Steve Ryan, who heads the cold case unit, said there’s still no suspicion of foul play.

“We just want to be thorough,” he said. “It’s certainly rare.”

Det. Keith Bradshaw said he has never seen an exhumation in his 35 years with the service.

Melonie’s death was a mystery and became a more than a decade-old cold case until police received a tip in November 2011.

The teensfather Everton Biddersingh and stepmother Elaine Biddersingh have been charged with first-degree murder.

Dwayne’s body is now set to undergo a new autopsy after it is transported to the morgue in Toronto.

A forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist were on scene Tuesday.

thestar.com – News