Police make arrest in death of Toronto woman
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:24AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:09PM EST
Police have made an arrest in the death of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found northwest of Toronto almost two years ago.
Kera Freeland was pregnant when she disappeared from Toronto in January 2011, and her body was found two months later in a ditch on Heart Lake Road in Caledon.
The cause of death has never been revealed.
Less than a month after Ontario Provincial Police renewed their appeal for tips and revealed that DNA testing was being conducted, a 35-year-old ex-roomate of Freeland's was arrested in Calgary on Wednesday.
Christopher Andronakos appeared in court Thursday. He is expected to be transported to Ontario to be charged with second-degree murder in Freeland’s death.
Freeland was from Calgary and worked in Toronto as an escort while living in an apartment on Lake Shore Boulevard West, near Royal York Road.
She was last seen in Toronto on Jan 16, 2011, and based on medical evidence obtained from an autopsy it has been determined that she died around the time of her disappearance, OPP said.
Investigators believe that her remains had been in the ditch since mid-January of 2011, as the snow and cold temperatures preserved valuable evidence, OPP said.
She was already dead when her body was dumped in Caledon, police believe.
Earlier this month, OPP said DNA testing was being conducted to develop a profile on biological evidence believed to be from a person who was involved in Freeland’s death or the disposal of her body.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Caledon OPP major crime unit at 1-519-927-3041 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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