Andrew Keene, 29, of Innisfil is charged with first-degree murder in death of Alexandra Flanagan
Barrie police continue to search a cordoned-off area on the northeast corner of Bayfield and Rose streets in connection to developments in the death of Alexandra Flanagan, which have led to first-degree murder charges against Andrew Keene, 29, of Innisfil.
The accused has also been charged with committing an indignity to a dead body. Keene is scheduled to appear in court, via video, on Nov. 2. Allegations have yet to be proven in court.
Police held a press conference Friday morning, answering questions about the case and the arrest. The area cordoned off will remain so as the search for evidence continues. Members of Flanagan’s family were present, with her mother thanking police and the community, “from the bottom of our hearts.”
It has been four years since some of Flanagan’s remains were discovered in Lackies Bush, on the northwest corner of Bayview Drive and Little Avenue, in the fall of 2007. The 33-year-old hairdresser was last seen at Sunnidale Park on July 8, 2007, as she waved farewell to a man.
More of her remains were located on Feb. 3, 2008 on the North Shore Trail, by a dog out for a walk with its owner.
Police declined, at the news conference, to speak to any relationship between the accused and Flanagan. They revealed that they had talked to him several times, as a person of interest, and had searched his Rose Street apartment in the fall of 2007, obtaining evidence they said later proved helpful in the investigation.
Police say Keene was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday, at his work in Innisfil. They say that after talking to him, the search location for more of her remains was identified.