Peel Regional Police are now confirming that the body of a female that was found in the wreckage is that of Diane Page. Investigators say the 55-year-old woman is one of the home owners and her identity was determined through her dental records.
This news comes hour after investigators reported that a second body has been found in the rubble following the deadly Mississauga house explosion. Investigators say that it is the body of a man.
They also 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 4201 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.”
The Globe and Mail reported that a Mississauga man with the same name and age was married to a Diane Page and was convicted of killing a friend after a dispute over money in the early 1980s. Robert Walter Nadler, 56, was sentenced to life in prison and was eligible for parole after 10 years.
Colley would not comment on whether it is the same Nadler, saying only that they have not yet made contact with him or Page. He 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.
“We’re not confirming any criminal background or any sort of convictions or anything like that, we’re just letting the public know that this is the name associated to the address and that’s as far as we’re going to go,” he said.
Colley 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.
He added that investigators are “actively looking” for Nadler and are concerned for his well-being, but would not classify him as a missing person.
“He has not been located, I don’t want to say that he’s missing, again, I don’t want to be repetitive but we have not yet been able to access the blast site,” he said, adding that he could not confirm investigators had made contact with either party’s family members.
“I have not had any information to say that they’ve spoken to a Diane Page. Again, the female that was located they have not been able to identify as yet — that’s what they’re working on and once that’s done we’ll be able to provide information.”
Police said Wednesday that notes found at the scene of the explosion could provide insight into the cause of the blast. Colley confirmed Thursday investigators were working to match the notes to the residents of the home.
Global News obtained one of the notes found at the scene and turned it over to police Wednesday. The notes appear to be written by a woman who complains of an inability to maintain her house due to persistent health issues.
“I am sorry the house is a mess. I stopped vacumming [sic] when the power went off in the upstairs bathrooms. I stopped ironing a few month ago; When I could not stand up for long periods of time. I stopped dusting when I had to deal with my vertigo (the last year it began and now I have it often),” the note stated.
“I just stopped caring as much because of my pain … I trust God to look after me and my husband to take us home. I sleep away my days cause I am in pain. Vertigo is the worst.”
The notes also make several references to the Bible and the woman’s husband, who was also categorized as having health issues.
“Dear God, You know that my health and my husband’s health are in poor condition. We ask that you help us, we have trusted you with all of our lives and possessions because everything belongs to you; including us,” it reads.
“We have put all of our faith and trust in you. Only you can save us from man and his laws. … Why are we still here God?”
Colley said police were still working on associating the notes to someone at the residence, but added it is proving difficult.
“Because the blast site was so large and there were multiple homes that were damaged, it’s an extensive process to try to match up handwriting analysis,” he said.
Colley would not also comment on whether or not Nadler was considered dangerous in relation to reports of his alleged criminal background.
“Our number one priority is public safety and obviously we’ve said before that this is a long process and a long investigation and we will ensure that we uncover all evidence,” he said.
“If we believe that there was a public safety [concern] of course that would be the first thing, but right now our officers are working extremely hard to gather as much evidence and we don’t want to put [out] any information that’s not accurate.”