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Police still await DNA results from MacMillan Drive

DRPS strongly implied new DNA evidence found in apartment of Adam Strong is connected to Kandis Fitzpatrick, missing since 2008

Det. Darren Short speaks during a July DRPS press conference

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

DNA found at the apartment of an Oshawa man charged in connection to the death of an Oshawa woman has yet to be positively identified, despite strong belief among police it belongs to another woman missing since 2008.

George Tudos, a spokesperson with the Durham Region Police Service says results on the DNA found at the former home of Adam Strong last month have yet to be released to police.

On July 10, police strongly implied the DNA belongs to Kandis Fitzpatrick, who was 18 years old when last seen in 2008. She was reported missing to police two years later.

The DNA was found during an extensive search of Strong’s apartment earlier this year.

Using missing person’s reports and the DNA of Fitzpatrick’s family, the DRPS were able to more or less confirm the DNA belongs to Fitzpatrick.

Despite Det. Darren Short of DRPS making the strong connection last month, Tudos says the DNA is still being analyzed at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

“We have to wait for them to get our results back,” Tudos says.

Strong, 45, was arrested and charged after the partial remains of Rori Hache, 18, missing since August 2017, were found in his McMillan Drive apartment in late-December.

He faces a charge of improper/indecent interference with a dead body. Police have not laid any charges in connection with the second DNA findings.

At the July 10 press conference, Short stated they had no evidence to connect Hache and Fitzpatrick.

Hache was reported missing on Aug. 29, 2017. Her torso was found in Lake Ontario by a fisherman about two weeks later.

On Dec. 29, 2017, police were called to Strong’s apartment and found more remains of the teenager. He was charged the next day.

Tudos says the investigation is ongoing, but police are no longer searching at the McMillan Drive property at the moment.

“At this point, there are no updates,” he says.

Meanwhile, Strong remains in custody, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.