Woman falls to death 'ghost-hunting' in Toronto

A woman is reported dead after falling from the third floor of 1 Spadina Crescent at the University...

A woman is reported dead after falling from the third floor of 1 Spadina Crescent at the University of Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. (Sun Media files)

DON PEAT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:01 PM ET

TORONTO -- A 29-year-old woman is dead after plunging from the roof of a University of Toronto building.

Toronto Police Const. Wendy Drummond said officers were called to 1 Spadina Cres. just before 2 a.m. where they found the woman's body and other trespassers.

"They were believed to be exploring an old building because its rumoured to be haunted," Drummond told the Sun this morning.

The woman was found with vital signs absent inside an interior courtyard of the building just north of Spadina Ave. and College St., Drummond said. She was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.

Police are trying to determine how the woman fell and whether this was death by misadventure.

"(The investigation) is ongoing and we'll have to go over any video surveillance if there is any," Drummond said.

She said they are also awaiting toxicology reports and an autopsy to determine if the girl was intoxicated.


Map: Where the woman fell
A spokesman for U of T said the woman and the other people in the building at the time were not students at the school. The building, which is mostly staff offices, has been opened all day.

The Gothic building, the Connaught Medical Sciences building, was the site of a gruesome murder eight years ago that remains unsolved.

U of T professor David Buller, an arts professor, was found stabbed there Jan. 19, 2001.

The talented artist suffered several defensive wounds during the knifing frenzy in the second-floor studio where he'd taught the art of painting for the previous 15 years.

A paranormal investigation and research group that runs a blog, seminars.torontoghosts.org/blog/, put out a press release this morning expressing their condolences to the woman's family.

"Although we'd heard stories about 1 Spadina Crescent, they are mostly about a "curse"...apparently, the building is considered "bad luck" to departments housed there... but this is rumour and is not "ghostly" related," read the statement from Matthew Didier and Sue Darroch.

"Again, we cannot stress that our thoughts and prayers are with the woman's friends and family during this sad time, and again, there is no reason for anyone at any time to trespass, break any laws, or put their safety or the safety of others at risk in pursuit of looking into ghostly lore and legend."


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