2nd Hamilton woman charged as an accessory in Ferguson Ave. death

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Published December 7, 2022 at 4:06 pm

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.

A second woman in Hamilton is now charged with accessory after the fact of murder in relation to the death of Danielle Strauss four weeks ago.

Hamilton Police (HPS) announced today (Dec. 7) that they have arrested 42-year-old woman in connection with the alleged slaying of Strauss in her apartment on Ferguson Ave. N. in the Beasley neighbourhood. The woman is the second adult arrested in the case. Her name cannot be released since the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) prohibits the investigators from releasing the accused’s name as it may lead to the identity of one of the youths charged with second-degree murder.

“This charge is relation to the 16-year-old male youth currently in custody,” stated Hamilton Police (HPS), who have also arrested and charged a 15-year-old girl in relation to the death.

A 40-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday under the same charge, and was due to appear in court today.

The newest accused will make a brief court appearance tomorrow morning at the John Sopinka Courthouse in downtown Hamilton on Thursday (Dec. 8), HPS said.

Around 11 a.m. on Nov. 10, officers from HPS responded to 195 Ferguson Ave. N. for reports of a deceased 38-year-old female who was found in her apartment. The victim was the 38-year-old Strauss, who was pronounced deceased on scene. Police believe she died late on Nov. 6 or early on Nov. 7 (Sunday evening/Monday morning).

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

Anyone who has information that would assist investigators should reach out to Det. Kevin Heyink of the HPS Homicide Unit (905-546-2288).

Information may be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477; online at crimestoppershamilton.com).

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