Missing woman, 23, found dead in abandoned downtown Toronto building


Tess Richey’s family should have been celebrating her 23rd birthday, instead they are now planning a funeral for the young woman who went missing in Toronto last weekend.

Toronto Police confirmed Richey was found dead near Church and Wellesley streets at about 4 p.m. Wednesday — not far from where she vanished four days earlier after a night out at a bar with an old friend from her high school days in North Bay.

“There is nothing at this point to indicate her death was suspicious,” Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said Thursday, adding the homicide unit had not been called.

She said the investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released until an autopsy is conducted.

However, a source told Postmedia her death is expected to be ruled a death by misadventure.

Richey’s body was discovered at an abandoned building at Church and Dundonald streets, just north of Wellesley, and the source said it appears she fell down some stairs after a night of drinking.

Richey’s friend, Ryley Simard, has told the CBC she hadn’t seen her high school friend in more than two years and the pair met up late Friday at Crews & Tangos — a drag bar in the Village.

The pair had been drinking heavily and left the bar around 1:30 a.m., she said, explaining they walked up the street to a home where they hung out on the porch chatting with a woman who lived there and an unidentified man.

Simard said she left Richey, who lived nearby, around 4 a.m. and walked south to College Street to catch a TTC streetcar home.

Richey’s four older sisters and mother became concerned when they were unable to reach her Saturday morning.

We just need the number five back. We need our girl back

Her family has said Richey, who had an Uber account set up with her mother’s credit card, appears to have ordered a ride because a series of Uber messages were left on her mom’s phone around 4 a.m.

“We just need the number five back,” her sister Jenna Richey told CBC, referring to the youngest of the five siblings. “We need our girl back.”

Richey’s sisters also took to Facebook in recent days pleading for help finding their missing loved one and posting photos of her, including one image snapped shortly before she went out for the night Friday.

The last message posted Wednesday morning by her sister Rachel reads: “It’s her birthday tomorrow! Let’s bring her home today.”