March 5th, 2024

Police announce arrest in 1988 murder of P.E.I. man that shook province ‘to its core’

By The Canadian Press on January 26, 2024.

Police in P.E.I. say they have solved a 35-year-old homicide case involving a man who was strangled and stabbed by a killer who left a note saying, "I will kill again." A police officer makes a call at a scene in Charlottetown on Saturday, May 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Morris

CHARLOTTETOWN – Police in Prince Edward Island say they have solved a 35-year-old homicide case involving a man who was strangled and stabbed in his home by someone who left a message saying, “I will kill again.”

Chief Brad MacConnell of the Charlottetown Police Services told a news conference today that a 56-year-old P.E.I. man has been arrested and charged in the 1988 death of Byron Carr.

MacConnell described Carr, 36, as a loving son and brother and respected teacher whose murder shook the province “to its core.”

He says Todd Joseph Gallant of Souris, P.E.I., has been charged with first-degree murder.

Carr was last seen alive at around 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1988, and investigators have said evidence at the scene indicated he was killed followed a sexual encounter with another male.

They later released a photo of the killer’s ominous handwritten note on a wall inside Carr’s home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2024.

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