Canada Kalen Schlatter charged with 2nd-degree murder in Tess Richey homicide

21:36  05 february  2018
21:36  05 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Kalen Schlatter has been charged with second- degree murder in the slaying of Tess Richey . A witness says she saw Richey with Schlatter on the night police believe she was killed.

Toronto Police have upgraded the charge against Kalen Schlatter , who is accused of killing Tess Richey , from second to first- degree murder . 21-year-old was arrested in February and initially charged with 2 nd - degree murder .

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: A man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of Tess Richey, 22.© Submitted by Rachel Richey A man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the homicide of Tess Richey, 22.

A man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tess Richey, 22, who went missing from the Church and Wellesley area in November.

Kalen Schlatter, 21, was arrested near his residence in west end Toronto at about 11 p.m. on Sunday night, Det-Sgt. Graham Gibson said at a news conference on Monday.

Richey went missing on Nov. 25, 2017, after a night out with a high school friend at Crews and Tangos, a nightclub on Church Street in the Gay Village.

Her body was found a few days later at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell at 582 Church St. by her mother and a family friend on Nov. 29, 2017. She was found just doors away from when she was last seen.

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A homicide investigation led to the arrest of Kalen Schlatter , who has been charged with first- degree murder . The Toronto Police Service (TPS) was criticized for failing to find the body when it was so close to where Richey had disappeared.

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​Her cause of death was determined to be neck compression, or strangulation, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Schlatter is a resident of Toronto who works as a contractor, Gibson said.

Suspect captured on security video

Schlatter and Richey met the night she went missing, said Gibson, who also said police "became aware" of Schlatter early in the police investigation.

Police found security images of Richey and her friend Ryley Simard walking with a man they believe is Schlatter following the women's exit from the club on Nov. 25 at about 1:30 a.m.

The images show a young man wearing khaki pants and a dark coat. At the time of their release, police described the man as a person of interest in the case.

Security camera images of the man last seen with Richey before she disappeared.© Toronto Police Service Security camera images of the man last seen with Richey before she disappeared.

By 3:45 a.m., after the three stopped to talk to two strangers, one of whom described Richey as seeming "really upset," Simard took the College streetcar home.

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Police said it appears Tess Richey , 22, met Kalen Schlatter after going out with a friend in late November. They initially charged McArthur first with two counts of first- degree murder , and then a further three counts related to five men reported missing in recent years.

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Other security video shows Richey and the man in an alley near the stairwell. The man was filmed leaving the alley on his own."This is where we last see Tess," Gibson had said.

Chance for family to grieve

Richey's sister Varina was on social media Monday morning announcing the arrest.

"This is not a celebration for us but it is a victory of sorts and we would now like to finally focus our energy and attention on honouring and remembering the best and zaniest little sister any of us Richey girls ever could have asked for," she wrote.

Richey's family has been critical of how police handled the investigation in its early days, and Toronto police launched a probe into how officers dealt with her disappearance.

"We obviously have a long road ahead of us," wrote Varina Richey in her post.

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