Human remains found, man charged with indignity to body in case linked to SIU shooting investigation

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A homicide investigation is ongoing at 291 George St. where human remains were found and where 45-year-old Gedi Ali Gedi was fatally shot by police.  (Linda Ward/CBC - image credit)
A homicide investigation is ongoing at 291 George St. where human remains were found and where 45-year-old Gedi Ali Gedi was fatally shot by police. (Linda Ward/CBC - image credit)

Toronto police say they have discovered human remains in a case that is linked to the shooting death of a 45-year-old man downtown on Tuesday.

That fatal police shooting is currently under investigation by the province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

In a news release issued on Wednesday afternoon, investigators said the remains "have not yet been formally identified," adding that the homicide unit is now leading the investigation.

Toronto man Orson York, 59, has been charged with indignity to a human body. York appeared in court via video link on Tuesday.

The charge is linked to an incident where a second man, identified on Wednesday by the SIU as Gedi Ali Gedi, 45, was shot by Toronto police officers early Tuesday morning.

Speaking on Tuesday, police said they were called to the unit at 291 George St. as part of an investigation into a missing woman.

Sources tell CBC News that before police arrived at the scene for that investigation, someone discovered blood at the Toronto Community Housing building.

When security video was reviewed, sources say two men could be seen carrying bags out of the building and what appeared to be a body part was seen falling from one of the bags.

Police were notified and the Emergency Task Force was dispatched to the building to do a door knock.

When the ETF officers arrived, sources say they found Gedi with an edged weapon inside an apartment on the third floor.

The mother of the missing woman, Amanda Killeen, 33, confirmed her daughter's ex-boyfriend was Gedi and he lived at that address. The family said the two broke up about a year ago but she often visited him.

On Tuesday evening, forensic investigators were digging through dumpsters outside the building.

Toronto police confirmed on Wednesday that an investigation is taking place on Commissioners Street, where a transfer station for waste collection is located. 
Toronto police confirmed on Wednesday that an investigation is taking place on Commissioners Street, where a transfer station for waste collection is located.

Police also confirmed on Wednesday that an investigation is taking place on Commissioners Street, where a transfer station for waste collection is located.

Police said the scene is part of an investigation for human remains but would not confirm if it is connected to the case at 291 George St.