Instead of celebrating a shared birthday with her twin brother, Mary Perra spent her 38th birthday burying him. Paul Armstrong’s charred body was found December 16, 1996, in the garbage behind an industrial complex. Employees at the 150 McLevin Avenue complex noticed smoke rising from one of the dumpsters.
Although Armstrong started his career in television, even working for the CBC, he switched careers and enjoyed working as a social worker. At the time of his death he worked at St. Joseph’s Heath Centre. He worked with developmentally delayed adults at the Health Centre, and previously had worked with street kids, drug addicts and homeless people with mental health issues.
He was last seen by his roommate in their Leverhume Crescent home on Saturday morning, who said Armstrong left their house at about 11 a.m. Police believe he got into someone’s car, leaving his own behind. Armstrong did not have an active social life, and his departure was out of character.
Armstrong had been expected back that evening for a small party, and failed to show. Four days later, after his body was found but before he was identified, the roommate called Armstrong’s family, who live in Trenton Ontario, to say he was missing.
Police were able to identify Armstrong through dental records. Although treated as suspicious, Armstrong’s death was not initially considered a murder because the autopsy could not conclude the cause of death.
Police now consider Armstrong’s death to be murder, however, it remains unsolved.
Murder Village Map
Name: Paul Armstrong
Date of Death: December 16, 1996
Manner of Death: undetermined
Location: 150 McLeven Avenue
Suspect Name: unknown