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Missing Toronto woman Tess Richey’s death now a homicide: police

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WATCH ABOVE: Toronto police say their homicide squad has taken over the investigation into the death of 22-year-old Tess Richey after a post-mortem exam said she died of a "neck compression." – Dec 1, 2017

Toronto police are investigating the death of a missing woman as a homicide, and say she died of “neck compression.”

Tess Richey, 22, was found dead on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in an abandoned building near Church and Wellesley streets, four days after she disappeared.

Police said a post-mortem exam shows she died from “neck compression,” but wouldn’t elaborate more on the nature of the injuries Friday evening. The homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

Authorities had initially said Richey’s body had no visible signs of trauma and that they didn’t believe the death was suspicious.

Police spokesperson David Hopkinson told Global News they had initially thought it was an accident, and that the investigation is in it’s preliminary stages.

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Body of missing Toronto woman discovered – Nov 30, 2017

Her sisters told Global News last week it was out of character for her to run off or cut off contact with loved ones.

They said the last form of communication they received from her was just after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday through a fitness tracking device.

 — with files from David Shum