Katherine Hashimoto, CTV News, Toronto, Canada (CTV)
Toronto police have issued a call for public help after a body was found in Vaughan, north of Toronto.
Hans Conzier told CTV News that his cousin’s body was found in his front yard on Wednesday afternoon.
“Two shots and he’s dead,” Conzier said. “No legs, no arms, just dead.”
He said he came outside after neighbors told him that a woman was screaming and then collapsed. He said his cousin had called 911 to report that someone was banging on the door.
Conzier said he called his cousin’s cellphone and asked her to come outside. He said she didn’t respond and he left the phone on so police could listen to the call.
“She was screaming, ‘What the f***! Why are you doing this to me?’ and then she said, ‘Tell them they can shoot me now,’” Conzier said.
Conzier’s cousin went by the name Yvonne and lived alone, he said. He said she was in her late 60s or early 70s.
The coroner’s office on Wednesday confirmed that it has been called to a 49-year-old woman’s body in Vaughan that may be that of a missing woman.
Police are investigating the death as a suspicious one and have not yet ruled out foul play.
Conzier said that a dog wanders around outside the home and he has observed that this time of year, there may be more people left alone because people are spending time outdoors rather than indoors.
He said that he was very upset to hear that his cousin’s body was found on a street named after a Canadian freedom fighter.
“That’s a shame. You can’t blame my cousin, who loved her country and wanted Canada to be free,” he said.
The City of Vaughan said it has initiated an internal investigation.
The Carleton County coroner, after interviewing Conzier, confirmed to CTV News that the body was not a missing person and that there were no sign of trauma to the body.
Ontario police issued a brief statement saying that a death investigation is underway and adding that police have “received some unusual reports.”
Yvonnene’s case is one of three reports of suspicious deaths in Vaughan within a 24-hour period. All three cases have been classified as suspicious by police.
“As a result of these reports, police are working with city fire, coroner, city health and other emergency management agencies to determine the cause of death,” the Vaughan police statement said.
CTV News Toronto reported that the body was not identified until Thursday after it was taken to the county coroner’s office.