By Adam Miller, Global News.
Police have released the identities of two people associated with a house that mysteriously exploded in Mississauga and say that although it is now a criminal investigation, it has not been classified as a homicide despite a woman found dead at the scene and the possibility of another body within the rubble.
Investigators confirmed Thursday the address of the blast is 4301 Hickory Drive and police have connected two people to the residence, identified as Robert Nadler and Diane Page.
“Our homicide bureau monitors all suspicious deaths, but they are not yet involved,” said Peel Regional Police Sgt. Josh Colley, adding that the 12 Division criminal investigation bureau is leading the investigation into the explosion.
“There’s no evidence as of yet to dictate that homicide bureau is required.”
Dozens of homes, two apartment buildings and a townhouse complex were evacuated after a house on Hickory Drive near Willowbank Trail was levelled by an explosion around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, leaving as many as 25 homes damaged and hundreds of residents evacuated.
One woman was killed in the explosion but police said her identity has yet to be released until next of kin have been notified.
“The deceased female located on scene, we have not yet been able to identify. So we are not confirming that the female that was found on the scene is one and the same,” said Colley.
“The autopsy for that deceased party is scheduled for today. We’re working with the coroner’s office to determine her identity and then from there we can notify next of kin.”
Colley said it was “possible” another body could still be located within rubble, but investigators have still not yet been able to access the hazardous site of the explosion. He said that while the criminal investigation bureau is looking into the blast, it does not exclude the possibility that the explosion could still be deemed an accident.