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Feb 11, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Filipino cleaner sought in North York woman’s murder: police

North York Mirror

A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for a man who is believed to have returned to his native Philippines in connection with the death of an elderly North York woman last fall, according to Toronto police.

Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, was found murdered in her Wynford Drive apartment near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue on Nov. 17 at about 9:15 a.m.

She had suffered obvious trauma and was declared dead at the scene, police said.

A warrant for first-degree murder has been issued for Fernando De Castro, 46, of the Philippines, investigators said Monday.

According to police, De Castro and his wife, Melpa De Castro, arrived in Canada in 2007 as visitors.

They rented several apartments in Toronto and worked as house cleaners. Fernando De Castro also worked as a health care provider for elderly clients, police said.

Bostani-Khamsi hired the couple to clean her home and became well-known to them, police alleged.

On Nov. 16, Fernando De Castro went to Bostani-Khamsi’s apartment at 11:50 a.m., police alleged.

On Nov. 20, he and his wife left Canada and are believed to be in the Philippines, they added.

Investigators want to talk to anyone who had contact with Fernando De Castro or has any knowledge of his whereabouts during the early afternoon hours of Nov. 16.

If you have information, contact police at 416-808-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (416-222-8477) or online at

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