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Arrest made in murder of Thornhill sex-trade worker
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:47AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:08PM EDT
Police say they have arrested a 32-year-old Toronto man in connection with the death of a sex-trade worker at a Mississauga hotel last weekend.
On the night of Oct. 11, fire crews were called to the Quality Inn on Britannia Road East in Mississauga for a reported fire. When they arrived, they found a woman without vital signs in one of the rooms. The woman was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
After conducting a post-mortem exam, it was determined that the victim, later identified as Evelyn Bumatay Castillo, a 43-year-old Thorhill resident, died as a result of foul play.
During a press conference at Peel Police headquarters on Thursday, Insp. George Koekkoek told reporters that he would not be releasing the cause of death but said Castillo was killed before the fire broke out shortly after 6:30 p.m.
Investigators believe the accused was one of Castillo’s customers.
Police say they are not sure how Castillo and the suspect came into contact but confirmed that the two had arranged to meet at the hotel beforehand.
Niran ‘Nick’ Murray was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with first-degree murder, police say.
“We are also canvassing for witnesses and possibly other victims. While we certainly have no evidence that Murray was involved in any other homicides nor are we suggesting that, we do have reason to believe that he may have assaulted other women in the past, specifically sex-trade workers,” Koekkoek said.
According to police, Murray is currently facing charges for allegedly assaulting another suspected sex-trade worker in a hotel in July.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about this incident, or anyone who may have been victimized by the accused, to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205.
“We are not interested the nature of what went on or their work as an escort or a sex-trade worker,” Koekkoek said.
“We are specifically looking to find evidence or to confirm whether or not there are other victims out there who may have had contact with Mr. Murray.”