TORONTO - The distraught family of a Toronto woman who unknowingly got caught up in a deadly love triangle and disappeared in New York nearly a year ago has been dealt another blow as an international manhunt ended in suicide.
Turkish media is reporting Riza Cosa, 29 — the one man who could tell them what happened to their loved one, Hatice Corbacioglu, 33 — has ended his own life rather than face justice back in the U.S. for the death of his wife, Winsome Angela Perez, 45, and in Canada for the disappearance of Corbacioglu, his girlfriend.
“I’ve heard he was found dead at a construction site last Thursday,” Belgin Oksem, 23, said Tuesday of the prime suspect in her cousin’s missing person’s case. “Apparently he jumped from a nine-storey building.”
Toronto cops say they are still trying to confirm the report and hope to talk to Turkish authorities Wednesday.
If it’s true, the man’s suicide comes within a day of Corbacioglu’s family going public with their story in the Toronto media.
Corbacioglu met Cosa through a friend last Christmas and they began dating soon after, her family said. She visited the Long Island man a few times in New York leading up to her disappearance in June 2009.
What she didn’t know was that Cosa already had a wife.
Before leaving for her last visit, Corbacioglu had been talking about marrying Cosa. But a few days after arriving there, her family suddenly lost contact with her.
Relatives finally reported Corbacioglu missing to police in Toronot in early August and that’s when they learned Cosa was married. They were shocked to learn Perez’s co-workers had reported her missing just days earlier to Nassau County Police.
It’s believed Cosa, a refugee in the U.S., fled to his homeland, Turkey, around that same time.
The car Corbacioglu had driven to New York was found at JFK airport several months later. It’s believed Cosa used it to make his getaway.
Corbacioglu’s family was even more devastated after learning two weeks ago that Perez’s remains had been found wrapped in plastic and dumped in a container at a place where Cosa use to work.
Cosa had been sought for questioning by police on both sides of the border, but investigators had been unable to find him until now.
“If he’s dead, we may never have all of the pieces to this puzzle,” Oksem said.