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Man found dead in Toronto schoolyard a mystery

Police tape demarking a crime scene.

JOHN LEHMANN/The GLOBE AND MAIL

A middle-aged man was found dead in a west Toronto schoolyard Christmas morning, but who he is and how he died remain a mystery.

Police were called to Kent Senior Public School, on Dufferin Street just south of Bloor, shortly before 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

There they found the victim, who had collapsed. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Three days later, however, police were still trying to identify him, because he carried no identification.

He's described as white, aged between 35 and 45. Heavy set, he was six-feet tall, weighing 230 pounds, and the second finger on his right hand had been previously amputated at the first joint.

He was wearing a dark grey fleece sweater, a dark grey "Pacific Trail" jacket, a black, orange and white sweater, grey work pants and steel-toed construction boots.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or www.222tips.com .

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