Police remain at the scene of a southeast London home Saturday, the day after charging a 25-year-old man with second degree murder after the body of a missing 26-year-old woman was discovered.
Oluwatobi Boyede of London has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of offering an indignity to a human body after human remains, identified by police as those of 26-year-old Josephine ‘Josie’ Glenn, were discovered.
Police arrived at a home on South Leaksdale Circle in the city’s southeast end Friday afternoon and arrested a man.
Neighbours said police descended on the home at 252 South Leaksdale Circle, a quiet street in the Summerside subdivision, around 3 p.m. and remained overnight.
Saturday evening, two police cars and a forensics van were still at the scene. Some lights were on in the home and the curtains were drawn.
Officers could be seen walking to and from a tarp in the backyard.
“They were in the garage all night taking photos,” said Peter Austin, who lives directly across the street from the home.
“In this neighbourhood, this is the most police cars we’ve ever seen.”
Austin was trying to get home from work Friday when he encountered the heavy police presence. He said he saw a man being taken away in handcuffs but had never seen him before in the neighbourhood.
Austin and other neighbours said a black woman in her fifties lived in the home, but other people would come and go from time to time. The residents, who kept to themselves, had only moved in last year, he said.
The accused has been remanded into custody, said London police Const. Chris Loizides. The date of his next court appearance wasn’t immediately available.
On Friday, five days after she was reported missing and the investigation was turned over to the major crimes unit, police received a tip about Glenn’s whereabouts.
Glenn was last seen near Clarke Road and Culver Drive in the city’s east end on Oct. 22 at about 3 a.m.
Loizides said the police have issued a publication ban on evidence in the case and wasn’t able to confirm whether Boyede and Glenn were known to each other or whether a weapon had been recovered.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone with information to call (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The murder is the fourth in London this year.
In January, 24-year-old Matthew Perry died in hospital hours after he was found outside a King Street apartment building. London police charged eight people in connection to Perry’s murder.
In April, taxi driver Vijay Bhatia, 64, was killed when he was attacked by a passenger in the parking lot of a convenience store in south London. Cody Perkin, 23, was charged with second-degree murder.
Earlier this month, Raymond Beaver, 43, was killed in a violent home invasion in east London. Four people have been charged with first degree murder.
London police are looking for a woman missing since Sunday.
Josephine Glenn, 26, was last seen in the area of Clarke Rd. and Culver Dr. around 3am on October 22. Police say she is also known as “Josie Glenn” and that her family is concerned about her welfare.
She is described as a white female, about 5’5″ tall with a medium build and long blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a pink long sleeved sweater and black skirt.
Anyone with information in relation to her whereabouts, is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670.