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Charlottetown police to announce 'significant development' in 1988 homicide

Byron Carr was 36 years old when he was killed in 1988. (Submitted - image credit)
Byron Carr was 36 years old when he was killed in 1988. (Submitted - image credit)

Charlottetown police will hold a news conference Friday to make an announcement about the killing of Byron Carr 35 years ago.

CBC P.E.I. will livestream that news conference, scheduled for 1 p.m., and you will be able to watch it here.

Carr, a 36-year-old school teacher, was strangled to death in his home on Lapthorne Avenue in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, 1988. Police have said they believe Carr had consensual sex with a young man he brought home, and believe that man is his killer.

Based on a profile created of the killer, he is believed to be in his late 50s today.

Byron Carr was found dead in his house two decades ago.
Byron Carr was found dead in his house two decades ago.

Police vehicles outside Carr's home following the killing. (CBC)

The case is P.E.I.'s only unsolved homicide of recent times. After lying dormant for years, it was reopened in 2007, and police have made several announcements since.

In 2018, CBC News published a major retrospective on the case.

In reopening the case, police were pinning their hopes on advances in DNA technology, and in particular evidence gathered from underwear found in Carr's home, which police believe belonged to the killer.

Police also believe they know the identity of an accomplice after the fact in the killing, a man who has since died.

Police have not shared any details about what information will be released Friday.