Waterloo Regional Police say a 39-year-old man from Wilmot, Erick Buhr, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Viola Erb.
The Erb Group of Companies confirmed that Buhr was Erb’s grandson and that he was a former employee.
Erb helped her husband Vernon co-found the companies back in 1959. It remains privately owned.
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On Monday, police reported that emergency services had been dispatched to a home on Sandhills Road in the Baden area for a medical call on Saturday afternoon.
“Upon arrival, our officers did locate a female who was unfortunately deceased,” police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said.
“Information gathered at that time led officers to conduct a suspicious death investigation.”
On Wednesday, they announced that information gathered as part of an investigation being run alongside the coroner’s office had led to the homicide declaration.
Police have still not released details of the cause of the woman’s death.
This is the fourth homicide of the year in Waterloo Region.