Police charge Toronto man with 2nd degree murder in Tess Richey homicide

Feb 5 2018, 6:41 pm

Toronto police have arrested a man in Tess Richey’s homicide case.

Kalen Schlatter, 21, of Toronto, was arrested on Sunday, February 4, and charged with second-degree murder.

Richey was reported missing on November 25, after she was last seen in the Church Street and Wellesley Street area. On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 3:30 pm, her body was found outside a building undergoing construction.

Police said the cause of death was determined to be neck compression.

In December, homicide investigators turned to the public and requesting assistance in identifying the man who was connected to the investigation, and released security footage from the night of Richey’s disappearance.

Tess Richey

Toronto Police Services

In a Facebook post, Richey’s sister announced the arrest, and thanked everyone who helped with the case.

“We knew they were onto the suspect as we had been strongly advised that postering was not necessary many weeks ago as well as other information that led to us repeatedly stating that we were happy with the progress of the investigation,” wrote Varina Richey.

“We obviously have a long road ahead of us and in the interest of not doing anything to prejudice any stage of the judicial process, we don’t have anything to say or any information we wish to share with anyone.”

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