Teen killed at home owned by Dragons’ Den star

Cale­don man charged with first- de­gree mur­der in the death of Tyler Swartz

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Peter Ed­wardsstaff thes­tar.com/gta

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of a teenager on the up­scale Cale­don es­tate of for­mer Dragons’ Den TV per­son­al­ity Michael Wek­erle last week.

Det. Insp. Chris Landry of the OPP said Wed­nes­day he couldn’t com­ment af­ter the life­less body of Tyler Swartz, 18, of Thorn­hill was found around 7:25 p.m. on Dec. 27 by Cale­don OPP at Wek­erle’s man­sion.

A court- or­dered pub­li­ca­tion ban means he can’t up­date the me­dia on whether Wek­erle was on site at the time of the death, the cause of death or any other specifics, Landry said.

“I can’t com­ment on any­thing,” Landry said. “There’s a pub­li­ca­tion ban in place.”

On Wed­nes­day, a lock and chain was on the front gate blocked en­trance to the 80hectare es­tate just west of the his­toric vil­lage of Chel­tenham.

Signs an­nounc­ing “Guard Dog on Duty” and “This Prop­erty’s un­der Video Sur­veil­lance” were promi­nently dis­played at the en­trance to the en­tre­pre­neur’s prop­erty. Mes­sages on an in­ter­com from the out­side gate to the main house were not re­turned. Nei­ther was an email.

Jonathan Weir, 22, of Cale­don was ar­rested at the scene on Dec. 27 and is sched­uled to ap­pear in Orangeville court on Jan. 21 to face first-de­gree mur­der charges.

Wek­erle, whose web­site de­scribes him as “a rock star in the world of Cana­dian fi­nance, known for his shrewd value spot­ting in the fields of tech, biotech and me­dia,” pur­chased the Cale­don es­tate in 2010 for $3 mil­lion.

The prop­erty has been known for its yearly char­ity con­cert event, Wek­fest, fea­tur­ing acts such as Snoop Dogg and Sloan.

Wek­erle’s web­site said his other prop­er­ties in­clude the his­toric Toronto en­ter­tain­ment venue the El Mo­cambo on Spad­ina Ave. He’s also a part­ner in the Cana­dian fran­chise of Wahlburg­ers — the Bos­ton- based restau­rant chain run by the ac­tor/rap­per Mark Wahlberg and his fam­ily, his web­site says.

Wek­erle’s site also de­scribes him as “a dot­ing fa­ther to six chil­dren” who “do­nates mil­lions of dol­lars to a wide va­ri­ety of phil­an­thropic in­ter­ests.”

Swartz was de­scribed to the Cale­don En­ter­prise as an en­thu­si­as­tic, car­ing vol­un­teer for Friend­ship Cir­cle, which helps chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Tyler Swartz vol­un­teered with an or­ga­ni­za­tion for chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Michael Wek­erle owns the es­tate where the body of Tyler Swartz was found.

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