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Toronto residents Barry and Honey Sherman were found fully clothed in December 2017 next to their indoor pool in the basement.

Honey and Barry Sherman were found dead in December 2017

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Honey and Barry Sherman were found dead in December 2017Photo credit: Reuters
Her death remained unsolved more than five years later

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Her death remained unsolved more than five years laterPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The couple was spotted next to their indoor pool

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The couple was spotted next to their indoor poolPhoto credit: CBC News

A real estate agent who gave a tour of her Toronto mansion made the gruesome discovery.

The pair were found side by side with belts around their necks, police said.

No one had heard from Barry or Honey for days.

Police said there had been no forced entry into the home but considered the deaths suspicious.

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The Shermans were known as one of Canada’s wealthiest couples.

Barry founded the Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex.

But now, more than five years after her death, the couple’s son Jonathon has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest by $25 million.

“This week marks the fifth year since my parents were murdered in their home,” Jonathon Sherman told CBC in a statement.

“Every day since then has been a nightmare. I was overcome with pain, loss, and grief, and these feelings kept growing.

“The closure will not be possible until those responsible for this evil act are brought to justice.

“I hope for the day that I make this payment as it will finally enable healing.”

FIRST EXAMINATION

The police were perplexed by the case from the start.

There was initial speculation that the couple had died by suicide.

However, an autopsy performed days after the bodies were discovered found the couple died of “ligature neck compression.”

Police said at the time the deaths were not being treated as homicides.

This was in the early stages of the investigation.

“The manner was undetermined, the only options offered were double suicide, homicide/suicide or double homicide,” said Detective Sergeant Susan Gomes.

HIGH QUALITY CASE

The couple’s wealth means the case was high profile from the start.

Barry, whose full name is Bernard, originally founded Apotex in 1974.

He later grew it into a global company that has donated more than $50 million to charity, reports CNN.

At the time of his death, Forbes estimated Barry was worth $3 billion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who attended the couple’s funeral.

At the service, Jonathon Sherman and his three sisters took the stage and shattered the suicide rumours.

“Our parents never left anyone behind. They were taken from us,” Jonathon said.

“You were like a lock and a key, each pretty much useless on its own. But together you opened up the world for you, for us and for so many others.”

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

The Sherman children hired a team to investigate their parents’ deaths, consisting of forensic pathologists and private investigators.

Meanwhile, Toronto police – to allay concerns in the community – said there was no evidence the deaths were a burglary or robbery.

Six weeks after the deaths, Toronto police claimed the Shermans were the victims of a homicide.

They also had reason to believe the pair were being targeted.

“Given the contentious nature of Barry Sherman’s dealings, particularly the search and seizure of electronics and Barry Sherman’s workplace at Apotex, the legal complexities of some executions have been challenging,” Gomes said in January 2018.

“Two of the Sherman’s residences were searched. Sherman’s main residence is a large three-story family home. Six weeks of search, forensic review and seizure of evidence are warranted.”

The mansion also reportedly had no security system, so police are still investigating who might have had access to the home.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT – FOUR YEARS LATER

Last December, on the fourth anniversary of her death, police issued an update.

An image of a shadowy figure walking through the couple’s neighborhood was shared by police, who named the individual a suspect.

The figure appeared to be between 5ft 6 and 5ft 9 tall and wore a hat.

Police drew particular attention to the fact that the suspect appeared to hit his right heel while walking.

“Through our investigation, we were unable to determine what the intent of this person in the neighborhood was. The timing of this person’s appearance coincides with when we believe the murders took place. Based on this evidence, we are classifying this individual as a suspect,” Detective Sgt. Brandon Price said at a news conference.

Authorities urged anyone with information to come forward, but no one did.

A FAMILY’S MOURNING CONTINUES

Now, five years later and with no new developments, the Sherman children continue to mourn.

Alex Krawczyk, her daughter, released a statement this week, seen by CNN.

“So far there has been no justice for them and no closure for me and my family,” she said.

“My heart is broken. My loss is immeasurable. My children have lost their grandparents. We miss their guidance, love and wisdom.”

Jonathon Sherman shared similar thoughts in a statement to the CBC.

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“Nothing will replace her incredible generosity and positive social impact,” he told CBC.

“My parents deserved to enjoy the fruits of their labor and spend their twilight years with their families like all grandparents do. … I will forever be haunted by what happened to them.”

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