Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Missing man, Gerrard Street West and Elizabeth Street area, Steven Gerhart, 52


Missing man, Gerrard Street West and Elizabeth Street area, Steven Gerhart, 52

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 8:30 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man.

Steven Gerhart, 52, was last seen on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11:40 a.m., in the Gerrard Street West and Elizabeth Street area. 

He is described as 5’10”, medium build, clean-shaven, grey hair. He was last seen wearing dark jeans, dark winter jacket with fur hood, grey hooded top with “NEW YORK” in black across the front.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Steven Pascaris, 52 Division



Missing man Steven Gerhart, 52

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Missing man, Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area, George Sekaloh, 62


Missing man, Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area, George Sekaloh, 62

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 8:49 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man. 

George Sekaloh 62, was last seen on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, in the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area. 

He is known to frequent the Gerrard Street East and George Street area.

He is described as 5'8", 150 lbs., black-and-grey facial hair, walks with a slight hunch.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Jason Tanouye, 51 Division



Missing man George Sekaloh, 62

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Dundas Streeet East area, Update, Man, 40, arrested, facing six charges


Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Dundas Streeet East area, Update, Man, 40, arrested, facing six charges

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 11:15 AM
51 Division:  416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of an arrest in a Sexual Assault Investigation.

It is alleged that: 

- in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 16, 2017, a girl, 17, and a woman, 18, met the male suspects at a nightclub in the King Street West and Spadina Avenue area

See previous release.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., Banh La, 40, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1) three counts of Sexual Assault 
2) two counts of Forcible Confinement
3) Fail to Comply with Probation

He was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, December 18, 2017, 10 a.m., room 501.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Dan Maisonneuve, Sex Crimes

Missing man, Cabbagetown area, Kory Bryan, 28


Missing man, Cabbagetown area, Kory Bryan, 28

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:57 AM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, Kory Bryan, 28, was reported missing. He has not been seen or heard from for at least two weeks. He is known to frequent the Cabbagetown area, near Gerrard Street East.

He is described as 5’10”, medium build, brown eyes, dyed blonde hair, spacers in his ears. 

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mary MacNaughton, 51 Division


Homicide #61/2017, 25 Henry Lane Terrace, Update, Victim identified, photograph released


Homicide #61/2017, 25 Henry Lane Terrace, Update, Victim identified, photograph released

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:35 AM
51 Division:  416-808-7400

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12:31 a.m., officers responded to a call for the sound of gunshots at 25 Henry Lane Terrace.

See previous release.

The deceased has been identified as Mark Young, 52, of Toronto.

A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone, Homicide



Mark Young, 52, victim in Homicide #61/2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Dundas Streeet East area, Image of one suspect released


Sexual Assault Alert, Parliament Street and Dundas Streeet East area, Image of one suspect released

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 9:35 AM
51 Division:  416-808-7474

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a Sexual Assault investigation. 

It is reported that: 

- in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 16, 2017, a girl, 17 and a woman, 18, met the male suspects at a nightclub in the King Street West and Spadina Avenue area

- the girl and the woman attended a residence in the Parliament Street and Dundas Street East area

- while inside the residence, the girl and the woman were sexually assaulted by the first suspect

- the first suspect is described as Asian, known as John, 5’5”, medium build, 25-35, spiked black hair, clean-shaven

- the second suspect is described as Asian, 5’5” 25, chubby build, fresh scratch to the right side of his face

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca

Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Dan Maisonneuve, Sex Crimes





Saturday, December 16, 2017

Homicide #61/2017, 25 Henry Lane Terrace


Homicide #61/2017, 25 Henry Lane Terrace

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 11:03 AM
51 Division:  416-808-7400

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12:31 a.m., officers responded to a call for the sound of gunshots at25 Henry Lane Terrace.

Officers discovered the body of a man with trauma. He was pronounced at the scene.

Homicide has taken over the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone, Homicide

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Visible Progress on Modernization, Quarterly report highlights


Visible Progress on Modernization, Quarterly report highlights

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:14 PM
Strategy Management:  416-808-7018

The third quarterly modernization report was presented today at the Toronto Police Services Board meeting, detailing the Service’s activity on implementation efforts designed to change the way policing is delivered in the city of Toronto. 

Highlights included how the Service has:
1) Completed community consultations regarding a new facility and location to best replace 54/55 Division by partnering with the City of Toronto, community leaders and members, and local councillors. The Service will be presenting a preferred site to the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee in January.

2) Invested funds from the Policing Modernization and Effectiveness Grant in the neighbourhood Officer Program in the following areas:

a) Purchased new patrol bicycles with enhanced emergency lights and sirens

b) Partnering with Ryerson University to complete the research phase and product testing to design new Neighbourhood Officer Uniforms

c) Refreshed Crime Prevention material

d) Retained Mad Hatter to redesign and develop a new public website to be launched in March 2018

e) An academic-led Neighbourhood Officer Partnership design

3) 51 Division has been selected as the January 2018 proof of concept for Connected Officer with officers receiving mobile devices with increased access to information

4) Successful transfer of the Lifeguard program to the City of Toronto,

5) Completing preparations to survey the entire Service, in January, to ask them for their feedback on our organizational culture. We will also be conducting an extensive community engagement effort, also starting in January

6) Updated the Modernization Scorecard available at The Way Forward Scorecard

“It’s been almost a year since we began our modernization efforts and, after a great deal of behind-the-scenes preparation and planning, collaboration and partnerships and significant hard work by our members, progress is now starting to be visible. We are putting in place all the modern building blocks that will allow us to provide broad and effective service within our neighbourhoods and communities and I am looking forward to maintaining our momentum as we enter 2018,” explained Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.

The next quarterly report will take place at the Toronto Police Services Board meeting in March 2018, where there will be more information provided about the city-wide divisional boundaries and facility realignment. 

About the Action Plan: The Way Forward 
Mandated to look beyond the way policing is currently done in Toronto, the Transformational Task Force (TTF) proposed a modernized policing model for the city that is innovative, sustainable, and affordable. The model will place communities at its core, be intelligence-led, optimize the use of resources and technology, and embrace partnerships as a means of enhancing capacity and capability. The final report - Action Plan: The Way Forward – contains 32 recommendations and was accepted by the Toronto Police Services Board in February, 2017 as the Service’s Business Plan for the next three years. 

To read more about this and the entire Action Plan: The Way Forward, click here.

For more information, please contact Sandra Buckler at Sandra.Buckler@torontopolice.on.ca. 

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Sandra Buckler, Strategy Management

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Homicide #59/2017, Dundas Street East and Parliament Street area, Kwsie Blair, 20



Homicide #59/2017, Dundas Street East and Parliament Street area, Kwsie Blair, 20

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:02 PM
Homicide:  416-808-7400

On Monday, November 13, 2017, at 11:19 p.m., police were called for a sound of gunshots to the Dundas Street East and Parliament Street area.

Once on scene, police located a man in medical distress.

He was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds. 

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Kwsie Blair, 20, of Toronto, was pronounced while still in hospital.

Homicide has taken over the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Terry Browne, Homicide




Winter driving tips, Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) information and reporting criteria


Winter driving tips, Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) information and reporting criteria

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 4:59 AM
Traffic Services:  416-808-1900

Traffic safety continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service. The Toronto area is expected to see a significant accumulation of snow this evening, through tomorrow morning.

The Toronto Police Service would like to remind all drivers to drive according to conditions, and reduce speeds when on elevated portions of the roadway such as bridges, overpasses or expressways.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, even in the most routine circumstances, is a key component to moving through traffic safely.

The Toronto Police Service would also like to remind the public of how, where, and when a collision must be reported in the Toronto. 

A Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) is a facility created to help motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians report motor vehicle collisions in which they have been involved. 

The Ministry of Transportation defines a collision as contact resulting from the motion of a motor vehicle or street car or its load that produces property damage, injury, or death.

Collisions which police will attend:

• The collision involves a fatality 
• A personal injury collision where a person is taken to hospital directly from the scene of the collision in an ambulance 
• Any criminal activity involved in a collision (e.g., impaired driving, stolen vehicle, assault) 
• Collisions involving a person who is uninsured or is a suspended driver (simply not having an insurance card does not necessarily mean the vehicle is not insured. These collisions can be referred to the CRC) 
• Any collision involving a pedestrian, cyclist or person on a wheeled device which is reported immediately and at the scene of the collision 
• Any collision involving damage to highway or public property 
• Service vehicle involved collisions 
• Collisions that are reported and/or have occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., where any vehicle is not driveable 
• Collisions involving transportation of hazardous goods where the hazardous goods have been compromised

If the collision you are involved in does not meet the above criteria, but does meet the minimum requirements set out by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to report the collision to police, you must report your collision at a CRC. 

What are Collision Reporting Centres?

A Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) is a facility created to help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians report motor vehicle involved collisions. There are two Toronto Centres to serve you:

North Collision Reporting Centre: 113 Toryork Drive
416-808-2222
Open seven days a week, all year, 6 a.m. to midnight

East Collision Reporting Centre: 39 Howden Road
416-808-2222
Open seven days a week, all year, 6 a.m. to midnight

What is the law on reporting a collision under the Highway Traffic Act?

The Highway Traffic Act requires that all collision where persons suffer any level of injury, or damage valued at more than $2000 (combined) to vehicles or property, or damage to any highway property be reported to police forthwith.

Can I report a collision without bringing in my vehicle?

A report will not be taken at the CRC if the involved vehicle and driver are not present. Without exception, towed vehicles must go directly to a CRC before repairs are started.

Additionally, any person who attends a CRC must ensure that they have the other involved driver(s) information. This is necessary to complete the collision report.

Do I have to exchange information when involved in a collision?


Under the Highway Traffic Act, any person involved in a collision must provide their personal identification (driver's licence), vehicle, and insurance information to the other person(s) involved in the collision. You must also have the location of the collision available to report the collision

Do police have to attend the scene of the collision to take the report?

Police will not attend the scene of minor collisions which do not meet the criteria as noted above. Involved parties will be directed to attend a CRC where appropriate. The collision report will be taken at the CRC.

For further information on how to report a collision, call 416-808-2222, then press 2.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

Monday, December 11, 2017

Missing woman, Isabella Street and Church Street area, Elizabeth Johnson, 38


Missing woman, Isabella Street and Church Street area, Elizabeth Johnson, 38

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:32 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing woman.

Elizabeth Johnson, 38, was last seen on Monday, December 11, 2017, at approximately 1 a.m., in theIsabella Street and Church Street area. She is also known to frequent the Yonge Street and Dundas Streetarea.

She is described as 5’4”, thin build, short blonde hair at the side and longer on the top. She was last seen wearing a red, puffy. knee-length winter jacket with fur around the hood.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Derek McDonald, 51 Division



Sunday, December 10, 2017

Homicide #56/2017, Church Street and Wellesley Street East, Tess Richey, 22 Security camera images released of man to be identified


Homicide #56/2017, Church Street and Wellesley Street East, Tess Richey, 22 Security camera images released of man to be identified

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 12:46 PM
51 Division:  416-808-7400 

On Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 3 a.m., Tess Richey, 22, was reported missing. She was last seen in the Church Street and Wellesley Street East area. 

See previous release.

Homicide investigators request assistance identifying a man as part of the investigation. Security camera images of him are released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, extension 7-7415, 7-7407, or 7-7287, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson, Homicide






Saturday, December 09, 2017

Missing woman, Alloura Wells, 27, Update, Police wish to speak with Augustinus Balesdent


Missing woman, Alloura Wells, 27, Update, Police wish to speak with Augustinus Balesdent

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:48 AM
53 Division:  416-808-5300

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, a body was found in the area of Rosedale Valley Road. It was not easily identifiable. 

On Monday, November 6, 2017, Alloura Wells, 27, was reported missing.

See previous release.

On Saturday, November 30, 2017, the Centre of Forensic Sciences confirmed the unidentified body located on August 5, 2017 was Alloura Wells. 

A press conference was held on Friday, December 8, 2017, at police headquarters, updating the public. 

Police are trying to speak to the last people who may have seen Alloura Wells. Police are looking to speak with Augustinus Balesdent, who may have been the last person to see Alloura Wells alive. He is not a suspect at this time. 

If anyone has information on his whereabouts, please contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Maureen Trueman, 53 Division



Police wish to speak with Augustinus Balesdent, who may have been the last person to see Alloura Wells, 27, alive

Friday, December 08, 2017

“Shop Smart, Park Properly,” Campaign for safe and accessible parking, Sunday, December 10, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017


“Shop Smart, Park Properly,” Campaign for safe and accessible parking, Sunday, December 10, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9:08 AM
Parking Enforcement:  416-808-6600

The Toronto Police Service is committed to assisting people with accessibility needs in the community and fostering a safe and clear path for emergency services in highly congested shopping mall areas at all times, especially during the busy holiday season. 

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, Parking Enforcement will be launching a heightened enforcement campaign called “Shop Smart, Park Properly.” The campaign will focus on the enforcement of accessible parking spaces, the misuse of accessible parking permits, the detection and retention of counterfeit accessible parking permits and the enforcement of critical safety zones around these mall areas such as fire routes and loading zones.

The campaign will start on Sunday, December 10, 2017, and will conclude on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Malls in the city, where significant problems have been identified for the misuse of accessible permits and obstructed fire routes/safety zones, will be included in the directed patrols. 

The City of Toronto has increased fines significantly for parking in accessible parking spaces without a permit ($450) and fire routes ($250) to stress the importance of ensuring that these areas are kept clear for people with accessible parking permits and emergency service vehicles respectively. 

Members of the media are welcome to participate in ride-alongs with members from Parking Enforcement. Requests can be sent to Brian Moniz, Operations Supervisor, Parking Enforcement West, at brian.moniz@torontopolice.on.ca.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Jennifer Desson, Parking Enforcement Unit

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Man and woman sought in Distraction Theft investigation, Yonge Street and Church Avenue area, Security camera images of both released


Man and woman sought in Distraction Theft investigation, Yonge Street and Church Avenue area, Security camera images of both released

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 3:38 PM
32 Division:  416-808-3200

The Toronto Police Service requests assistance identifying a man and a woman wanted in a Distraction Theft investigation.

On Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 8 p.m, a man and a woman attended a business in the Yonge Street and Church Avenue area.

It is reported that: 

- a man approached the cash register and asked the clerk to change a $100 bill

- the man requested specific bills with certain markings, which confused the clerk 

- the man than took the cash

- the woman acted as a lookout and provided a further distraction to the staff

- after the man and woman left the store, the staff discovered $1,500 was missing from the till

The man is described as 25-30, 5'8", 160 lbs., medium build, black short hair, full well-groomed beard. He was wearing dark-silver dress pants, black button-up dress shirt, tie, black dress shoes.

The woman is described as 25-30, 5'6", 120 lbs., medium build, black shoulder-length hair with blonde highlight tips. She was wearing a grey sweater and burgundy leggings.

Security camera images of the man and woman have been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Catalin Dorobantu, 32 Division







Missing man, Shuter Street and Parliament Street area, Ian Mitchell, 73


Missing man, Shuter Street and Parliament Street area, Ian Mitchell, 73

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 3:24 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man.

Ian Mitchell, 73, was last seen on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 4 a.m., in the Shuter Street and Parliament Street area.

He is described as 6’, 201 lbs., medium build, shoulder-length straight grey/white hair, unshaven face, hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black ¾-length winter jacket.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Ian MacDonald, 51 Division




51 Division Missing Person Task Force update, Selim Esen, 44, Andrew Kinsman, 49


51 Division Missing Person Task Force update, Selim Esen, 44, Andrew Kinsman, 49

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:05 PM
51 Division:  416-808-5100

On April 14, 2017, Selim Esen, 44, went missing from the Yonge Street and Bloor Street area.

On June 26, 2017, Andrew Kinsman, 49, went missing from the 71 Winchester Avenue area.

See previous release.

On August 14, 2017, Project Prism was formed so that a dedicated team of officers could work in parallel on these investigations. Information was also sought from investigators who were part of Project Houston, an unconnected investigation into three other missing men from the same area.

The community has actively participated in this investigation, allowing officers to move the cases forward. The investigation into their disappearances is continuing. However, as with any similar case, the longer these two men are missing the more concern there is that foul play may have been involved.

From the community’s input, investigators know there are concerns regarding the use of online dating applications. Police recommend following these three points:

1) Please get to know the person you are connecting with as well as possible. This might include asking for additional photos or social media profiles, or speaking on the phone before meeting.

2) When you decide to meet someone, even for a casual connection, do so in a safe space and consider telling a friend or family member where you are going. If this is not possible, consider leaving a note behind with that information. 

3) If, at any time, the situation has left you feeling suspicious or uncomfortable, please consider reporting this information to police or Crime Stoppers. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2021 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Barry Radford, 51 Division





Sunday, December 03, 2017

Homicide #56/2017, Church Street and Wellesley Street East area, Tess Richey, 22


Homicide #56/2017, Church Street and Wellesley Street East area, Tess Richey, 22


Broadcast time: 19:54
Sunday, December 3, 2017

51 Division:  416-808-7400

Case #: 2017-3070691


On Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 3 a.m., Tess Richey, 22, was reported missing. She was last seen in the Church Street and Wellesley Street East area.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., she was located outside a building undergoing construction, deceased.

On Friday, December 1, 2017, a post-mortem examination was conducted. The cause of death was determined to be neck compression.

TPS Homicide took over the investigation.

See previous release.

It is believed that Tess Richey was in the company of an unknown male when her friend departed the area.

She would have been in the company of this male on Church Street, in the areas of Wellesley Street and Dundonald Street, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

This unknown male has been described as white, taller than the deceased, approximately 5’7” - 6’, slim build, light-coloured short hair.

Investigators are looking to identify this male.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson, Homicide