Investigators say a Toronto man whose 28-year-old ex-wife was found dead northwest of the city earlier this week is now wanted in connection with his murder.
In the evening hours of January 13, Peel Regional Police officers responded to a report of a deceased person found in a green space near Nexus Avenue and Fogal Road in Brampton by a passerby walking his dog.
“The officers attended and confirmed that a person had died and initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death,” the investigators said in a press release issued Thursday.
The deceased has been identified by the police as Heeral Patel of Toronto.
Patel’s death has been considered suspicious and, therefore, the office of homicides and missing persons of the Peel Regional Police has taken over the investigation.
Patel was reported missing this weekend by the Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police investigators confirmed.
Toronto police said Patel was last seen in the Islington Avenue and Steeles Avenue West area on January 11 around 11 p.m.
At that time, police said they were worried about her safety, since it was “extremely unusual” for her to disappear.
“Originally, the victim was called missing through the Toronto Police Service and then here, in Peel, we found a deceased woman, 28, whom we have now identified as Heeral Patel and is in fact the same missing person who Toronto had denounced. Earlier this week, “Const. Danny Marttini told CTV News Toronto on Friday.
Authorities identified a wanted suspect in connection with the woman’s death as the victim’s ex-husband, Rakeshbhai Patel, 36. Investigators say he is wanted for first degree murder.
“Investigators are encouraging him to contact a lawyer and make arrangements to turn himself in,” police said in the press release.
Police say the suspect and the victim were married for five years before separating in August 2019.
It is believed that Rakeshbhai Patel was traveling in a 2009 four-door Honda Civic, with an Ontario license plate CDMP042, the researchers added.
Marttini said authorities are urging anyone who has seen something suspicious in the area earlier this week to introduce himself.
“If someone saw something before that timeline that seemed suspicious or out of place, be it a vehicle or an individual or just something that seemed strange to them, then it could be some information we are looking for.” she said.
“We really want people to think and think if I remembered something and, if so, let us know.”
Anyone with more information about this investigation should contact the officers at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).