Toronto police believe they have identified the man that murdered nine-year-old Christine Jessop, who was abducted from her Queensville home, raped and killed in 1984.
In a press conference Thursday (Oct. 15) afternoon, Interim Police Chief James Ramer said the alleged murderer was identified through DNA analysis earlier this month.
Hoover, who was 28 years old at the time, was known to the Jessop family and died in 2015.
“There are no winners in this announcement,” Chief Ramer said.
While Hoover did have a criminal record, it had no significance for the Jessop investigation and he had not previously been identified as a suspect.
Chief Ramer noted that police are appealing for information on Hoover’s life from 1984 to 2015.
Jessop’s body was found in a wooded area near Sunderland on Dec. 31, 1984 – nearly three months after she was last seen getting off a school bus.
“Christine was described as a girl who loved life, her family, school and sports,” Ramer said.
Guy Paul Morin, the family’s neighbour, was wrongfully convicted of the murder in 1986 before being exonerated through advancements in DNA technology nearly a decade later.