A man with ties to Stratford has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the disappearance of a Kitchener woman.
James Solomon Parise, 25, was arrested Tuesday in Stratford while police continued to search for the body of Catherine Anne Todd, who is presumed dead. He remains in custody after a brief court appearance Wednesday.
Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Kevin Thaler told the Gazette Parise was apprehended by Waterloo Region police officers in the parking lot of Demetre's Family Eatery on Ontario Street without incident.
Thaler could not say what evidence led police to locate the suspect in Stratford or how long he had been in the city prior to his arrest.
Thaler added police are not planning to extend their investigation to Stratford.
Investigators are still looking for a small loveseat believed to have been taken from Todd’s home, with one search based at the Waterloo Region landfill site on Erb Street West in Waterloo.
Todd, 48, was reported missing a week ago from her Lorraine Avenue apartment in Kitchener.
The formal charge against Parise alleges she was murdered sometime between March 18 and March 19, a few days before her reported disappearance.
Parise appeared in Kitchener court wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, with close-cropped hair and the start of a beard.
He looked intense but didn’t show any emotion, signalling to a middle-aged man and woman and a young woman who were in the courtroom to support him.
His supporters, two with tears in their eyes, declined to comment or explain their relationship to Parise, who goes by the first name Jay.
The accused man lived with his mother in an Ephraim Street house in Kitchener that has been searched by police as part of the investigation.
On his Facebook page, Parise wrote that he went to high school in Stratford, attended the University of Western Ontario in London and is the “owner/madman” of a small construction company.