POLITICS

Couple charged with 1st-degree murder in death of Toronto-area man

06/23/2015 08:09 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - A couple wanted in the killing of a Toronto-area man faced first-degree murder charges Tuesday after a two-week hunt that sparked reports of sightings across Canada.

Clyde Marshall, formerly of New Brunswick, and Sabrina Chouart of Gatineau, Que., are accused in the death of Sina Parsi, 32, of Vaughan, Ont., who disappeared after a soccer game on June 9th.

Investigators said they arrested the pair Monday evening at a Wal-Mart in Niagara Falls, Ont. Shoppers had spotted Marshall and Chouart at the superstore and alerted local police, who made the arrest, Toronto Const. Caroline de Kloet said.

Parsi's grieving widow, who said she had spent two weeks worried and frustrated, thanked the officers for their efforts.

Her late husband, she said outside court, was a "wonderful" man.

"He was caring. He was the love of my life. He was my best friend. He was everything to me," she said. "I miss him so, so much."

There had been numerous unconfirmed sightings across the country — from British Columbia to northern Ontario — but it turns out the accused couple weren't far from their Toronto home.

Police investigating Parsi's disappearance had said the situation was "less than normal." They found his black Dodge Ram pickup truck two days later at a Tim Hortons parking lot in Toronto's west end. His wallet was found nearby.

The following day, they found his body in an apartment about a five-minute walk from where his truck was abandoned.

During the hunt, Toronto police released two videos they said showed the suspects.

At a news conference before the arrests on Monday, Det. Sgt. Michael Patterson said he wasn't sure of the nature of the relationship between Parsi and the couple.

The accused were remanded in custody following a court appearance Tuesday.