By Charlotte Prong Parkhill
Kitchener Post staff
An arrest has been made in the murder and dismemberment of Kelsey Louise Felker.
A 37-year-old man was arrested in Kitchener at 4 a.m. on Jan. 31. He is to be charged with first-degree murder and indignity to a body.
It is the first homicide in the city in 2013.
Friends of Felker are organizing a candlelight vigil in her honour at Civic Square on Feb. 4 at 9 p.m.
Police identified the torso found last Saturday as that of Felker, 24, of Kitchener.
The human remains, found in the garbage bin of an apartment building at 250 Frederick St., were clothed in a black T-shirt with the words “Forget princess, I want to be a vampire” on the front.
Tips from the public about the T-shirt first flagged Felker as the possible victim, which was later confirmed with testing.
The remains were taken to Hamilton for a post-mortem exam, and an investigation into the cause of death is continuing.
The police command post remained at Frederick Street until Thursday, and more than a dozen investigators are still involved in the case.
Police are asking members of the public to call if they find anything suspicious on or near their property.
On a Facebook memorial page set up for Felker, she was described as a “total sweetie” with two children who are being raised by another family.
A Kitchener outreach worker who volunteers with street-involved people tweeted: “The beautiful but troubled soul we lost will not be forgotten.”
A bone found on Jan. 11 is unlikely to be related to this case, Thaler said.
Of the earlier discovery, he would only say that a citizen found “something unique” in the neighbourhood.
Because of where it was found, police are not entirely ruling out a connection, but Thaler said it’s unlikely.
“I can confirm that there has been something found. Whether it’s related has not been confirmed and right now we’re not leaning toward that fact – it may be the strangest of coincidences,” he said.
Police are still actively seeking information related to this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide branch at 519-650- 8500, ext. 8666 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.