Arrest in Richey Murder

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:40 p.m. February 5, 2018

Police have charged a suspect in the investigation into the murder of Tess Richey, 22, found dead near Church and Dundonald Sts.

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Homicide Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson speaks to media about an arrest in the murder of Tess Richey

She was last seen in the area on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at approximately 3 a.m. She had been in the area with a friend at a bar.

Richey was reported missing later that day. Members of 51 and 41 Divisions started a missing person investigation. 

Her body was discovered on November 29 in an outdoor stairwell attached to 582 Church St..

The post mortem revealed her death was due to neck compression.

On February 4, at around 11 p.m., Kalen Schlatter, 21, of Toronto, was arrested near his west-end home and charged with Second-Degree Murder. He made a court appearance on February 5 and was remanded in custody.

Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson updates the media on an arrest in the murder of Tess Richey

At a news conference at police headquarters on February 5, Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson acknowledged the tremendous support investigators received in the last two months from people in the area.

“On December 19, investigators released surveillance video images of a male we wished to identify as part of their investigation,” he said. “As a result of the images being released, investigators received tremendous support from the community. Various individuals have assisted by providing the video surveillance from that night to assist in the investigation.”

Gibson also thanked Toronto Police support units and 51 Division for assisting with what the officers required for the investigation as well as the Centre of Forensic Sciences.

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