Police have identified a 20-year-old woman whose remains were found in Caledon last week under suspicious circumstances.
Kera Freeland went missing on Jan. 15 from the Lakeshore Boulevard West and Queens Avenue area in Toronto. Two months later, her body was found nearly 55 kilometres north in a ditch on Thursday.
Ontario Provincial Police Constable Peter Leon said a cause of death has yet to be determined. So far, it’s not known whether the death is a homicide, suicide or an accident.
“We’re hoping someone might be able to tell us how she got from Toronto to Caledon,” Constable Leon said Monday.
Ms. Freeland, who uses the aliases Megan Parks and Kera Gray and reportedly worked as an escort, is originally from Alberta. Her body was discovered by a man out for a walk along Heart Lake Road that cuts through rural Caledon.
“The man thought it was a mannequin,” Constable Leon said. “When he got closer, he realized what it was and called the police right away.”
Ms. Freeland’s body was found a short drive from where a murdered Orangeville nurse’s body was left last summer, but police are not drawing any links between the two. Sonia Varaschin, 42, was killed in her townhouse in the nearby town of Orangeville last August and found in a woodlout outside town.
Her killer has not been found, despite an intensive investigation that included the OPP’s behavioural science unit and advice from criminal profilers with the RCMP and FBI.
“At the time, there is no indication linking [Ms. Freeland’s]case to any other current OPP investigation,” Constable Leon said.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the case, or who was in contact with Ms. Freeland prior to her death, contact the OPP at 905-857-3304.
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this online story included incorrect information about where Sonia Varaschin's body was found. This online version has been corrected.)