$50,000 reward offered in 1997 death of nursing assistant

Police have announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of a person in the 1997 death of Gracelyn Greenidge, 41. She was found dead from blunt force trauma in her apartment at 50 Driftwood Avenue on the evening of July 29, 1997. As reported by police this week, Ms. Greenidge led an exemplary life as a nursing assistant. Her body was discovered after a co-worker who was concerned she had not come to work raised the alarm. She had last been seen leaving the Christie Street Seniors Residence at 11:30 p.m. on July 28, 1997. Police have DNA from the scene. The resulting profile has been used to eliminate men who knew Gracelyn as well as checked against the national DNA databank. “We have the killer’s DNA, now we just need a name to go with the DNA, nothing more,” said Cold Case Detective Sergeant Stacy Gallant. “Anyone who knew Gracelyn who did not speak to the police during the original investigation is asked to contact Cold Case investigators immediately. You may have the key to this case and not realize it.” Gallant said there are surely others who know what this man has done but have never come forward.


Police also have DNA in the Cold Cases of Margaret McWilliam, murdered in Scarborough in 1987 and in the case of murdered nurse Sonia Varaschin, 42. She was killed on August 30, 2010 in her modest home on a quiet little street in Orangeville. In none of these cases have police been able to put a name next to the identifying genetic material.