Toronto Police to search waste management site to locate homicide victim

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The Toronto Police will launch a search operation in a waste management site as part a homicide investigation to locate a homicide victim who has been missing since January.

The Toronto Police in a statement said the officers will launch the excavation next month.

The statement further added that a search warrant was granted for the Green Lane Landfill site in Southwold for Monday, July 5, 2021.

“The excavation is expected to be ongoing for the next couple of months and will involve multiple units from across the Service including Homicide, Police Dogs, Emergency Management and Public Order, and the Public Safety Unit,” the statement added.

According to Toronto Police, the 57-year-old Nathaniel Brettell was last known to be at home on Thursday, January 21, 2021, in the Westona Street and Dixon Road area. There have been no further sightings of him.

Despite extensive inquiries, officers have been unable to locate Nathaniel so far. This, along with evidence from the scene, led investigators to treat his disappearance as a homicide, the Toronto Police said, adding that Ahmed Al-Farkh, 34, of Toronto, was arrested in May and has been charged with second-degree murder.

The Toronto Police also added following a development in the investigation, officers also have reason to believe Nathaniel’s body could be at the landfill site.

“Residents in the area of the landfill will be informed of any potential impacts that may result from the search. However, it is not expected to impact garbage collection in Toronto,” the Toronto Police said.

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