The Toronto Police Professional Standards-Investigative Unit is looking into how the early stages of the Tess Richey case were handled by the police service.
According to several GTA media outlets, notably CP24, questions have been raised about the length of time it took to assign detectives to the case, a sentiment family members have shared.
Tess Richey, 22, lived in North Bay before moving to Toronto. She went missing early in the morning of Saturday, November 25 and was found by her own mother four days later at the bottom of a stairwell leading to an abandoned home that is under construction. Richey’s body was discovered near where she had originally been reported to police as having last been seen by a friend.
Richey’s death was at first deemed to be a case of misadventure and “not suspicious,” according to police. Friday, a post-mortem revealed that the cause of death had been “compressions to the neck,” and has been ruled a homicide.
Police say they are seeking a white male with a slim build, believed to be between 5’7” and 6’ tall with short, light-coloured hair who was seen with Richey the morning she disappeared.
Calls for a comment to the Toronto Police Professional Standards-Investigative Unit have gone unreturned.