Warning: This article contains graphic details.
The case of Canadian man suspected of killing and dismembering two young women has taken an even grislier turn as the prosecutor described how plumbers informed the police after discovering a “flesh-like substance” lodged in the drainpipes of a home in Oshawa, Ontario.
Adam Strong, 47, is charged with first-degree murder in the brutal slayings of 18-year-old Rori Hache, who vanished in 2017 prior to the plumbers’ gruesome discovery; and 19-year-old Kandis Fitzpatrick, who disappeared almost a decade prior in 2008.
Strong pleaded not guilty to both charges.
A report by The Canadian Press states that during the trial, Crown attorney Bryan Guertin described the scene officers encountered when responding to a call by two plumbers working at a local home on December 29, 2017.
“The plumbers pulled out what appeared to be a flesh-like substance,” he told the court in his opening statement. “The plumbers, unsure of what they found, called police.”
Durham Regional Police Constable Kevin Park, who responded to the call, knocked on the door of the basement apartment Strong resided in. When Strong opened the door, police asked him what he flushed down the toilet.
Strong allegedly told the officer: “OK, you got me, the gig’s up, it’s a body.”
“If you want to recover the rest of her, it’s in my freezer,” he added.
Guertin told the court that fishermen found a torso in the Oshawa Harbour on September 11, 2017. The body was later determined to belong to 18-year-old Rori Hache.
The prosecutor told the court that a medical examiner is expected to testify that Hache suffered multiple injuries on her body, including two skull fractures. However, the autopsy could not determine the cause of death due to the state of her remains.
Investigators also discovered a large hunting knife in Strong’s belongings, which the prosecution states is specifically designed for gutting and skinning animals. Kandis Fitzpatrick’s DNA was found on that knife. Police also discovered her blood in the suspect’s freezer and bedroom.
William Fitzpatrick testified that he last saw her daughter in the spring of 2008 and has been looking for her ever since. He testified that she was struggling with a drug addiction at the time of her disappearance. The prosecutor read a heartfelt Facebook message Fitzpatrick wrote about his daughter in court on Monday, to which Strong reportedly showed no emotion.
“Mr. Strong was not on police radar until he was caught trying to dispose of Ms. Hache’s remains,” Guertin said.
The Canadian outlet reported that 18-year-old Hache was pregnant and coping with a meth addiction at the time of her death.
Speaking to the press outside the courtroom, Hache’s mother, Shanan Dionne, said that the trial was not about her daughter’s homelessness or a “drug-addict toss-away that wasn’t loved.”
“Because she was so loved,” Dionne said.