Woman falls to death while 'ghost-hunting' in T.O.
Published Thursday, September 10, 2009 6:55PM EDT
A woman has fallen to her death after attempting to jump across a gap in the roof of a historic, Gothic-style building at the University of Toronto while out on a first date.
Leah Kubic, 29, fell three or four storeys after a wire support gave out on the roof, Toronto police spokesperson Const. Tony Vella told ctvtoronto.ca.
Kubic, whose 30th birthday was only a few weeks away, was taken to a downtown hospital where she was pronounced dead.
A male friend was with her at the time of the incident, which occurred on Thursday morning at around 1:45 a.m. local time. The pair, who had been drinking, were reportedly in the building because they thought it was haunted.
A Toronto paranormal investigator said the building is not haunted.
"The general public has a lot of misperceptions," said Sue Durroch, co-founder of the Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society. "Because of the Hollywood-ization of ghost stories and fictional ghost stories, people get these impressions that a spooky looking building must be haunted or if there's a tragedy associated with it, it must be haunted. Of course, that's absolutely incorrect."
She added: "Because it's kind of a Gothic looking building, maybe they were under the impression somehow it was haunted. It looks kind of eerie."
The fall occurred at 1 Spadina Cres., near College St., in a 134-year-old building used by the university's fine-arts department.
Spooky things have happened within its walls. A 50-year-old professor named David Buller was murdered there in 2001, and the case remains unsolved. Decades ago the building was used as a military hospital.
Police have classified Kubic's death as a misadventure and are investigating how she gained access to the building.
No criminal charges are expected to be laid in connection with the investigation, Vella said, and police don't believe the two were students at the school.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney and files from The Canadian Press