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Woman’s death in Uxbridge deemed a homicide, suspect dead: police

Police said the woman was found dead on Nov. 13. Global News

Durham Regional Police say a 63-year-old woman’s death in Uxbridge in November has been deemed a homicide.

Police said that officers were called to a home on Regional Road 13 near Concession Road 7 on Nov. 13 around 12:40 a.m.

In a news release issued Tuesday, police said paramedics notified officers after Roberta Dickens was found dead in the basement of her home.

There was evidence of head and neck trauma, which led to the death being deemed suspicious and homicide investigators taking over the case, police said.

Read more: 46-year-old woman dead after apparent murder-suicide in Toronto’s east end

Police said Dickens’ tenant, a 32-year-old man, was identified as the primary suspect.

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“Through exhaustive forensic evidence, the investigators determined he was responsible for causing the death of Mrs. Dickens,” the news release said.

But days before he was set to be arrested, the man was found dead in Toronto after “an unrelated incident,” officers said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5411 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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