15 and 16-year-old arrested in relation to killing a woman in Hamilton

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Published November 30, 2022 at 7:10 am

Hamilton woman identified as homicide victim; police search for 4 youths
Police identified Hamilton's fourth homicide victim of 2022 as Danielle Strauss.The 38-year-old woman was found dead inside her apartment on Nov. 10.

Two youths have made their first court appearance after being arrested in connection with the killing of 38-year-old Danielle Strauss of Hamilton, although the police did not detail what they are charged with.

Hamilton Police (HPS) say a 15-year-old female and a 16-year-old male were arrested on a city bus without incident on Monday afternoon. Investigators continue to search for a 16-year-old male wanted for second-degree murder in relation to this case.

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Three weeks ago, around 11 a.m. on Nov. 10, officers responded to 195 Ferguson Ave. North. in the Beasley neighbourhood for reports of a deceased woman found in her apartment. Five days later, Strauss was identified as the victim.

The identities of the accused, and the suspect at large, are protected under the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act. Hamilton Police say that they also must be careful with releasing further details about how Strauss died.

“The cause of death is not being released as it remains evidence,” an HPS statement sent on Tuesday says. “Given the age of the suspects and the fact the case is before the courts, additional information will not be released.”

Police believe Strauss died late Nov. 6 or early Nov. 7, meaning she was likely dead for more than 72 hours before officers came to her home.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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