Teen killed at home owned by Dragons’ Den star
Caledon man charged with first- degree murder in the death of Tyler Swartz
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.