Investigators announced Thursday that a torso fishermen discovered bobbing in Lake Ontario was a DNA match for a teenage girl who had been missing since August, CTV News reported.
Canadian Rori Hache, 18, had been missing since Aug. 29. Her torso was discovered on Sept. 11, but her family hoped the badly traumatized torso wasn’t hers until DNA testing results came in on Thursday.
“This is right out of a horror film and she's a sweetheart,” Krysia Meeldyk, Hache’s godmother, told CTV. “She was incredibly bright. She was beautiful. She was smart. She did not deserve to die this way, or at all.”
Now, police are investigating Hache’s disappearance as a homicide.
“It’s a fantastic first step for the Durham Regional Police,” said former Toronto police homicide detective Steve Ryan. “That was a big daunting task for them to identify who those remains belonged to. Now that they’ve done that they’ve got something to work from.”
Durham Regional Police are seeking tips in the case, which can be made anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may receive a cash reward of up to CA$2,000, according to Durham Regional Police.
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