The 43-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in connection to the disappearance of Guelph café owner Seble (Mimi) Dietrich is her husband, say Guelph police.
Stephen Dietrich, who has also been charged with obstructing a police investigation, appeared in bail court on Wednesday before a courtroom that was overflowing with people who knew Seble.
The 39-year-old mother of three who owned Sidamo Coffee in downtown Guelph was last seen on July 10, 2014.
Since then, Jerusalem Meteku has been waiting to find out what happened to her friend.
"It's been very hard. Every day I couldn't even sleep," she said, fighting back tears. "I cannot express what is inside my heart."
Meteku says she was saddened to hear that Seble's husband was charged in her death.
Another friend of Seble's, Abebe Fanta, says he knew the accused, but not well.
"We are in shock," he said. "We didn't expect this outcome. It is not the outcome we want, but at least we got some closure."
Fanta hopes that police will soon find Seble's body, which is still missing.
Police are not releasing any more details about the case, as the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Tina Ryan at (519) 824-1212 ext 7329. Anonymous tippers may call Crime Stoppers at (1-800) 222-TIPS.