The woman was found Saturday morning in an apartment building at 215 Wynford Dr., near Eglinton Avenue East, suffering from obvious signs of trauma. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police on Monday identified the woman as Manijeh Bostani−Khamsi, 78. Police don't believe she was subject to a random attack, said Det. Mike Carbone in a Monday afternoon news conference.
He conceded it was possible that she might have been targeted for a robbery, but did not reveal any other details.
She resided alone in her apartment, and was last seen going about her regular routine last Wednesday, Carbone said. Sometime on Friday "an unknown person" entered her apartment and she was killed, he said.
Carbone appealed to the residents of the building, which he described as "upscale" to come forward with any observations of anything they encountered that appeared to be out of the ordinary on the afternoon and evening on Friday. Carbone was not prepared to reveal the cause of death, or when exactly she died.
Police are poring over surveillance video taken from the building, he said.
Anyone who has information is being urged to call the homicide squad at (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416−222−8477.
The death is Toronto's 51st homicide of the year.