Toronto police have identified the victim at the centre of a simultaneous homicide and missing person’s investigation as 32-year-old Amanda Killeen of Toronto.
Killeen had been missing since Feb. 19 and was last seen seen in the area of Dundas Street West and Scarlett Road.
Crystal Scopie, who grew up with Killeen in Regent Park, called the discovery “heartbreaking.”
Killeen and Scopie were part of a childhood group that called themselves the Spice Girls and ran around the neighbourhood “wearing matching weird dresses” and listening to music. As news of Killeen’s disappearance spread through social media, Scopie held out hope.
“She was a full-time mom, she worked hard at being a mom, so I was hoping that she just would have needed a break or something,” Scopie told CBC News.
“It’s horrifying, disturbing that someone could even do something like that to her, to anybody.”
At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 23, officers went to an apartment building at 291 George St. to investigate her disappearance, police said in a news release on Friday.
After entering a third floor apartment, they got into a confrontation with a resident. Two officers opened fire, killing 45-year-old Gedi Ali Gedi.
Sources had said police had found him with what they described as an “edged weapon.”
The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), was called in to investigate the shooting.
Killeen’s mother confirmed Gedi was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend and he lived at that address. The family said the two broke up about a year ago but she often visited him.
Meanwhile, sources told CBC News that before police arrived at the scene for the initial investigation into Killeen’s disappearance, someone discovered blood at the Toronto Community Housing building.
A witness had also claimed to have seen a man removing garbage bags — described as “bloody” — from the building. Sources confirmed that the man was the victim in the police shooting under investigation by the SIU.
When security video was reviewed, sources said two men could be seen carrying bags out of the building and what appeared to be a body part was seen falling from one of the bags.
That day, police put out a news release saying investigators believed a person at the location died “under suspicious circumstances.”
The next day, police said they discovered human remains linked to that shooting and the missing woman. On Friday, investigators said the human remains that were discovered were those of Killeen.
On Feb. 24, a Toronto man named Orson York, 59, was charged with an indignity to a human body and accessory after the fact to murder.
Toronto police Det.-Sgt. Keri Fernandes told CBC News that York and Killeen were known to each other, but she couldn’t say more at this stage of the investigation.
“In an investigation like this we just follow the evidence and unfortunately in this case the evidence led us to a transfer station,” said Fernandes.
Transfer stations are locations through the City of Toronto where waste is sorted and disposed of. Fernandes said some of Killeen’s remains were located at the Commissioners Street transfer station.
“We continue to go through evidence we’ve obtained to make sure we’ve charged everybody that is responsible, that we hold everybody accountable that’s committed a crime in relation to Amanda Killeen,” Fernandes said.
Investigators continue to appeal for information in the case.
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