Toronto

Woman whose remains found at St. Clair and Weston ID'd as 2013 homicide victim

Toronto police have determined that human remains found earlier this week in the St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road area belong to 28-year-old Rigat Ghirmay, killed in a 2013 homicide.

Adonay Zekarias, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in Rigat Ghirmay's death

Remains discovered this week at St. Clair Avenue West and Weston Road have been identified as belonging to Rigat Ghirmay. (Toronto Police Service)

The human remains found earlier this week in the St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road area belong to 28-year-old Rigat Ghirmay, who was the victim of a homicide in 2013, Toronto police say

Police received a report Wednesday of a garbage bag containing what appeared to be a human skull and bones in the Lavender Creek Trail area. 

Police said in a release that additional forensic testing and a ground search of the area will be conducted on Friday. 
Adonay Zekarias, seen above, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ghirmay. He is also serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Nighisti Semret in October of 2012. (Toronto Police Service)

Police originally announced Ghirmay's death on May 24 of 2013, not long after her remains were found in a duffel bag on a trail near Alliance Avenue near Jane Street and Eglinton Avenue West. At the time, they said not all of Ghirmay's remains had been found.

Two days later, they charged Adonay Zekarias, 44, with indignity to a dead body. 

In September 2013, police upgraded the charge against Zekarias to first-degree murder in connection with Ghirmay's death.

Zekarias is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Nighisti Semret. Zekarias attacked Semret in an alleyway in Cabbagetown in October 2012.