What started as a late-December call for Durham police officers has become a story of twists and turns leading to murder charges against an Oshawa man.
Officers were called to the McMillan Drive apartment of Adam Strong, 45, around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2017.
Once inside, police found the partial remains of 18-year-old Rori Hache.
Hache’s torso had previously been discovered by a fisherman near the Oshawa Harbour on Sept. 11, 2017, and identified by police two months later. The Oshawa teen had been missing since late-August 2017.
Strong was eventually arrested and charged with improper and indecent interference with a dead body.
After his first court appearance on Jan. 10, Hache’s mother Shanan Dionne spoke on the first time she had seen the man arrested in connection with her daughter’s death.
“I’m disturbed by what I’ve seen in the courtroom, that man has no emotion,” Dionne said, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse. “You would think he was here for running over a kid’s basketball, that’s the empathy he has for what he’s done.”
“My daughter was innocent blood,” Dionne added. “I believe my daughter was hunted. Nothing has been proven, but in my heart, I feel my daughter was hunted.”
In April, Strong’s preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 15.
However, the story was far from over.
During its investigation, the Durham Regional Police discovered the DNA of a second female, one missing since 2008.
In a press conference on July 10, Det. Darren Short with the DRPS Homicide Unit, the man in charge of the investigation, explained that DNA belonging to Kandis Fitzpatrick, who was 18-years-old when last seen in 2008, was found in the MacMillan Drive apartment belonging to Strong. Her family reported her missing to Durham police in 2010
Over a 25 day period in January, the Homicide Unit scoured the apartment, pulling out a large mass of evidence to be analyzed.
It was during the analysis of this initial round of evidence that the DNA profile of a second female was discovered. Using missing person’s reports and the DNA of Fitzpatrick’s family, the DRPS were able to more or less confirm the DNA belonged to Kandis.
The DNA sample was sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for testing.
Strong’s preliminary hearing began on Oct. 15, but was quickly adjourned at the request of the Crown Attorney.
About one month later, Strong was formally charged with the murder of both Hache and Fitzpatrick.
The original charge against Strong has been dropped.
During his latest court appearance on Dec. 14, 2018, Strong was remanded into custody until Feb. 28, 2019, when he will have a pre-trial hearing.