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Arrest warrant issued for suspect in woman’s murder last fall

Murder suspect Fernando De Castro and his wife Melpa. TORONTO POLICE

Murder suspect Fernando De Castro and his wife Melpa. TORONTO POLICE

Toronto police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who is believed to have fled to the Philippines after a woman was found murdered in her Eglinton Avenue and DVP area condominium last fall.

Fernando De Castro, 46, is wanted for first-degree murder in the death of Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, who was found dead in her Wynford Drive condo on the morning of Nov. 17.

Police said De Castro and his wife, Melpa, arrived in Canada in 2007 and worked as cleaners. De Castro also worked as a health care provider for elderly clients.

Bostani-Khamsi, a 78-year-old widow, hired the couple to clean her home. Police allege De Castro visited her apartment late in the morning on Nov. 16. Four days later, he and his wife left the country. Investigators believe they returned to the Philippines.

Bostani-Khamsi’s death marked the city’s 51st homicide of 2012.

Authorities haven’t released her cause of death.