In December 2017, police in Durham, a small town in southeast Ontario, Canada, responded to a call from plumbers who said they’d found a fleshy substance, more than a foot long, in drains they were unclogging
When they knocked on the door of the nearby basement apartment, Adam Strong answered. Asked what he’d been trying to flush down the drain recently, Strong reportedly responded, “OK, you got me, the gig’s up, it’s a body. If you want to recover the rest of her, it’s in my freezer.”
Police say the evidence they uncovered linked Strong to the death of two young women, Rori Hache, 18, and Kandis Fitzpatrick, 19, who’d previously been reported missing.
His trial on two resulting murder charges began on Monday, Canadian Press reports. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Strong wasn’t known to police until the call, but soon they began seeing alleged connections to the two deaths.
Hache disappeared earlier in 2017, and police say her blood was on Strong’s bedroom walls and ceiling and parts of her body were found in a freezer in Strong’s bedroom. The biological evidence they recovered there also matched a torso that fisherman found in Oshawa Harbour in September of 2017. Google data shows Strong’s phone at the harbor a week earlier.
Investigators also found a hunting knife allegedly containing DNA from Fitzpatrick, who vanished in 2008, and discovered her blood in Strong’s freezer and bedroom.
Government prosecutor Bryan Guertin said the alleged victims were vulnerable to exploitation from the beginning.
“Both girls were vulnerable, were essentially homeless with no fixed address,” Guertin said during the opening stages of the trial, according to Canadian Press.