Earlier this week we talked about the community members of Toronto's Gay Village feeling on edge after a slew of disappearances and a particularly puzzling homicide of Tess Richey. In response to the community's concerns, a news conference that took place this morning, with the Toronto Police Services addressed the handful of murders and missing persons cases that have all taken place in Toronto's Gay Village.
Two women, 22-year-old Tess Richey and 27-year-old Alloura Wells, were both found dead in recent weeks after they were reported missing by family.
Following news released this week that claimed Richey's mother found her body in The Village while police were apparently searching the area, Chief of Toronto Police, Mark Saunders, opened an investigation into the handling (or mishandling) of Richey's investigation.
And in Friday morning's news conference, Chief Saunders shed some more light on what the Toronto Police make of these murders and disappearances that all have a strong connection to The Village.
Addressing the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, the Toronto Police confirmed details of these individual investigations, urging anyone who had any contact with the two men over social media to come forward as soon as possible.
When it came to the murder of Tess Richey, reporters grilled Chief Saunders on the Police's handling of the case, criticizing the force for not being able to find her body before her mother did. Toronto Police confirmed that yes, Richey's mother did find her body at an old, abandined house in the Church and Wellesley area but that Toronto Police were also canvassing the area in search of Richey.
Other reporters asked police about a popular theory on social media that claims there is a man posing as an Uber driver that may be the sole suspect or accomplice behind these murders and disappearances, which many in the Toronto community believe are all connected.
Chief Saunders denied ever hearing of any evidence that an imposter "Uber driver" exists in the area or has any connection to any of the cases. As for all of these murders and disappearances being connected, Toronto Police has not confirmed or denied that they are in fact related. But as far as an Uber driver serial killer goes, Police deny that any evidence exists to support this theory.
Meanwhile, residents and visitors of The Village are considering opening their own help hotline in response to growing crime in the area, as they don't feel that the Toronto Police are adequately protecting them and taking their cases seriously.
In response to this, Chief Saunders says part of his investigation into all of the facts of these cases, and to the handling of the Richey case, will be to determine why and how members of The Village community feel this way in order to determine how the Toronto Police can "do better."
You can watch Friday's entire news conference here.
Source: Toronto Police Service