Man arrested in Calgary in connection to Ontario murder
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:28AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:45PM MST
Police have arrested a man and charged him with murder in connection with the death of a former Calgary woman near Toronto in 2011.
Christopher Andronakos, 35, of Toronto, was arrested in Glenmore Landing in Calgary at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and charged with the second degree murder of Kera Freeland.
Freeland’s remains were found in a ditch by a man out for a walk on Heart Lake Road in the town of Caledon, northwest of Toronto, on March 17, 2011.
She was last seen in Toronto on January 16th 2011 and police say autopsy results indicate she died around the time of her disappearance.
Freeland was originally from Calgary and was living in an apartment at 2529 Lakeshore Blvd West in downtown Toronto when she disappeared.
Police say that Andronakos was a roommate of hers and that they were living together for about six weeks when she disappeared.
“We were well aware of who he was right from the initial portion of the investigation. He was her roommate so we spoke to him immediately,” said OPP Detective Inspector Christine Gilpin.
Police say Andronakos moved to Calgary sometime in 2012 and was known to authorities in Toronto.
Investigators also confirm that Freeland was pregnant at the time of her death but say it was not a motive in her murder.
Andronakos appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Calgary and will be returned to Ontario.
Detectives from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit and Calgary police made the arrest and continue to investigate.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caledon OPP Major Crime Unit at (519) 927-3041 or Calgary Police non-emergency number at 403 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers in Ontario at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit information online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca