The man found murdered in a Scarborough commercial building Wednesday has been identified as 31-year-old Julian Richard Lee.
Police found two victims, Lee and an unharmed woman, after being called to 1970 Ellesmere Rd. at 3:02 p.m. on Oct. 17.
The woman was shaken up and taken to 43 Division where she was co-operating with investigators, police said.
Two male suspects fled in a white Mercedes SUV, licence plate BNNZ 922. The vehicle was found just before 9 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bayview Village Shopping Centre, northeast of Bayview and Sheppard avenues. The Mercedes is undergoing a forensic examination.
The victims were found in Unit 2, an empty unit. “There shouldn’t have been anybody there,” Det. Mike Carbone told reporters Wednesday night.
The detective wouldn’t disclose whether or not the victims were tied up when found. “We’re still looking into speaking to some more witnesses,” he said.
A factory employee who identified herself only as Angela said she passed by Unit 2 while taking her boss’s dog out for his daily walk about 15 minutes before police arrived at the crime scene.
She said the dog, a Weimaraner named Bosko, sensed trouble at the unit.
“He was sniffing, smelling something,” Angela said. “He was crying almost, whimpering. It took all my strength to pull him back. I told my boss something is going on back there.”
Moments later, Angela heard sirens.
“I was a bit nervous, wondering what was going on,” she said. “It’s a quiet complex. There’s never been problems here before.”
Mohammad, who also didn’t want his surname published, said he was going out for lunch as police were arriving.
“The police said: ‘Go back to your unit. No one goes in or out,’” said Mohammad, who owns a hockey sock manufacturing company in the building.
“We didn’t really know what happened until later. The police went to check every unit to see if anyone saw or heard anything.”
Police wouldn’t speculate on how Lee died. There were obvious signs of trauma on the body.
Lee is the city’s 42nd murder of the year.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).