Of­fi­cers charged in miss­ing woman’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Welland Tribune - - Canada & World -

TORONTO — Two Toronto po­lice of­fi­cers are fac­ing mis­con­duct charges over al­le­ga­tions they failed to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate the case of a young woman who went miss­ing af­ter a night out in the city’s gay vil­lage.

Con­sta­bles Michael Jones and Alan McCul­lough are charged un­der the Po­lice Ser­vices Act with not per­form­ing a duty and not car­ry­ing out an or­der in the case of Tess Richey, whose body was found four days af­ter a miss­ing per­sons re­port was filed.

Ac­cord­ing to no­tices of hear­ing is­sued to the of­fi­cers, they were asked to in­ves­ti­gate an ad­dress on Nov. 26, 2017 — the day af­ter Richey, 22, was re­ported miss­ing by a fam­ily mem­ber.

The doc­u­ments al­lege that while they were on scene, the of­fi­cers learned that it was Richey’s last known lo­ca­tion, but they did not search the ad­join­ing prop­erty, can­vass the neigh­bour­hood or no­tify a su­per­vi­sory of­fi­cer of the de­tails.

The doc­u­ments note Richey’s body was found by a fam­ily mem­ber at an ad­join­ing prop­erty.

Kalen Sch­lat­ter, a man Richey is be­lieved to have met the night she went miss­ing, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in her death. Jones and McCul­lough’s case was put over un­til the crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings are com­plete.

Her death sparked ques­tions about how po­lice han­dled her dis­ap­pear­ance amid con­cerns about sev­eral men who went miss­ing from the gay vil­lage.

Chief Mark Saun­ders said late last year the han­dling of miss­ing per­sons cases would be re­viewed.

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