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Woman slain in highrise died of wound to neck, police say

04/07/2013 12:12 EDT | Updated 06/07/2013 05:12 EDT
A woman who was found dead in a highrise apartment in Regent Park this weekend died as a result of a fatal wound to the neck, Toronto police say.

The victim was found Saturday morning inside the kitchen of an apartment at 220 Oak St., with what police describe as "obvious signs of trauma." She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 call was made just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, which Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux said led to charges against the accused.

"Certain comments were made of an incriminating nature on the recording and as a result of that and what the officers saw at the scene, he was arrested for murder," Giroux said.

Giroux told CBC News that the victim was killed in the accused’s apartment and it is believed that she was staying there.

However, it does not appear that the two were in a romantic relationship, Giroux said.

On Sunday afternoon, police issued a news release after a post-mortem had been conducted on the victim.

Police say the victim died of "an incised wound to the neck."

Police have identified the victim as 28-year-old Natasha Perez.

Brian Harte, 42, of Toronto, faces a single count of second-degree murder. He appeared in court on Sunday.

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