June 5, 2014 6:49 pm

Police offer $50K reward to help solve Yvonne Leroux cold case murder

WATCH: (June 5, 2014) Yvonne Leroux was 16 years old when she was found murdered on a dead end road. That was 1972. Now police are hoping a reward will help solve her murder. Carey Marsden reports.

Its been more than 40 years since his daughter was murdered. But Gerard Leroux says he thinks about her every hour each day.

“All the time you see her face,”  the 83-year old man’s eyes fill with tears when he talks about her.

“You see somebody who walks by,” he says.

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“And they have hair the same as she had. And you go, ‘Who? Who?’ It’s just so hard.” says Leroux.

It was late November 1972.

Leroux says he was at his union meeting when he got the call.

His family had to go to the morgue to identify their 16-year-old daughter Yvonne Leroux.

Leroux was last seen leaving a medical clinic on Oakdale Road, just south of what was then York Finch Hospital.

Police say that was at about 10 in the evening.

A passerby found her body at 8:30 the next morning on 16th side road in King Township. Police reports say she suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

“Why’d he do it? Why’d he do it? She didn’t deserve it!” Leroux cries.

York Regional Police are now offering a $50,000 reward to help solve the cold case.

“Over the years, investigative forensic techniques have evolved,” says Detective Joseph Amato-Gauci.

“And hopefully with the combination of those technologies and the input from the public, we’ll be able to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”

Too young to work, police say Yvonne Leroux also used the alias, Linda Jessop to get a job in a factory.

“As time goes by, relationships may have changed, allegiances may have changed,” says the detective.

“People who had information back then, and weren’t willing to come forward to the police, may be willing to come forward now.”

Police say they have received calls since the reward was posted.

The reward will be in effect until March 2015.

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