TORONTO - Police say they'll make a "major announcement" Monday afternoon in the deaths of two Eritrean women who were butchered in the same area of the city seven months apart.
Sources say investigators will reveal that the murder of Nighisti Semret, 55, and the suspicious death of Rigat Essag Ghirmay, 28, are believed to be linked.
Semret was brutally stabbed to death in a Cabbagetown laneway, just steps from her home, on Oct. 23, 2012. And despite a massive hunt for her killer, no arrests have been made.
Some of Ghirmay's dismembered remains were found May 24 in a piece of luggage dumped along Alliance Ave. The rest of her body parts have never been located.
Earlier this year, police said Ghirmay was likely killed in her highrise apartment at 285 Shuter St. and that they have video of a man cleaning up blood at an apartment building at 101 Humber Blvd., near where the luggage was located.
They said they also have video from both buildings of the man moving luggage.
Adonay Zekarias, 41, was arrested two days after the grisly discovery and charged with indignity to a dead body.
Police couldn't immediately confirm Ghirmay had been murdered.
The accused is also from Eritrea, a country located in the Horn of Africa.
Police have also said Ghirmay and Zekarias once worked together as cleaners at a downtown hotel.
Homicide Det.-Sgts. Gary Giroux and Pauline Gray will provide an update into the two grisly deaths at police headquarters at 2 p.m.
Sun crime Chris Doucette reporter will be providing updates from that press conference: