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Woman whose body was found near Caledon 'sweet, spirited': escort service

Police are still waiting for the autopsy results for Kera Freeland, the 20-year-old woman whose body was discovered in a Caledon ditch last Thursday.

"At this point, we're still waiting for the results of some tests to come back," said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Peter Leon on Tuesday. "It could take a few weeks."

Ms. 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.

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"We're still looking into how she got there," Constable Leon said, adding the cause of death has yet to be determined. So far, the police are treating the death as suspicious.

Ms. Freeland, who hails from Alberta, worked as an escort for the Toronto-based company Cachet Ladies. In a statement from the company, its lawyer Gregory Leslie said Cachet Ladies had the "decency and sensitivity to remove her photos from their site immediately, upon hearing of her disappearance."

Mr. Leslie said Ms. Freeland worked for the escort agency between Dec. 6 and Dec. 20, 2010 and hoped to pay her way through college for a social work degree.

"She informed Cachet that she would be travelling back to B.C. to undergo cancer treatment, but asked the agency to keep her photos up on the website, since she planned to return in Feb. 2011 and didn't want potential clients to think she was gone or inaccessible," Mr. Leslie said.

But before Ms. Freeland's return, a concerned friend called Cachet Ladies asking about her whereabouts in mid-January, Mr. Leslie said. The friend then filed a missing person report with the Toronto Police.

When informed of the disappearance by Toronto police, Cachet Ladies took down her profile, Mr. Leslie said, adding they have fully co-operated with the police investigation.

The lawyer states that the escort agency had not heard from Ms. Freeland since she left work in December last year.

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While saying that Cachet Ladies was a legitimate business, its legal counsel also said: "Kera should be remembered as the sweet, spirited, friendly young lady who had aspirations to help foster kids and not a girl who moved to Toronto in order to work as an escort."

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