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Benita Tarantino

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The Cold Cases of York Region: Benita Tarantino

A woman with brown hair and red lipstickToday, Teston Road in Vaughan is a well-travelled, four-lane road, bustling with thousands of commuters. But 30 years ago, it was just a long stretch of dirt road bisecting the rural landscape. 

It was a lonely final resting place for Benita Tarantino, 17, whose body was discovered on October 28, 1985. She was identified three days later. 

When she was killed, Benita was working as a prostitute in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto. She was last seen in the early morning hours of September 28, 1985 near the intersection of Pembroke and Gerrard Streets, where she worked. 

Investigators believe she got into a vehicle which drove away. Sadly, she never returned and her murder is yet to be solved.

From the cold case files

Crime Scene Photographs

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Points of Interest

Help solve the murder of Benita Tarantino

Do you have information about Benita Tarantino's murder? Can you help identify her killer? 

If so, please contact the York Regional Police Cold Case Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 or email the investigators directly. Want to remain anonymous? Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave a tip online at or text a tip by sending TIPYORK and a message to CRIMES (274637).