Fugitive suspect in two Ontario mob murders found dead in Mexico
|Toronto Star 16 Sep 2020 at 12:47|
The body of a Hamilton man wanted for being part of a hit team involved in two Ontario gangland murders in 2017 has been found in Mexico.
The lifeless body of Michael Graham Cudmore, 39, was found in a ditched car on the side of a road in rural Mexico at the end of June, Hamilton police said on Wednesday.
Cudmore is the second Ontario man tied to the murders of Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano and Mila Barbera, a Vaughan veterinary assistant, to be found dead in Mexico.
“Members of the multi-jurisdictional task force, which was formed to solve the two murders, have received limited information from the Canadian Embassy or Mexican authorities surrounding the circumstances of Cudmore’s death,” Hamilton police said in a media release. “What has been learnt is that his body was recovered in a vehicle which was abandoned at the side of a rural road.”
Police earlier said that Cudmore went to Mexico in an attempt to connect with York Region underworld figure Daniele Ranieri, whose body was found in a ditch in Cancun, in March 2018.
Ranieri was considered a “person of interest” in the Angelo Musitano and Barberi murders, Hamilton police say.
Hamilton police say that Cudmore’s family has not heard from him since he fled to Mexico in May 2017.
Barberi, 28, was shot dead on March 14, 2017 as she sat in an SUV parked on Caster Avenue, in an industrial area in the Highway 7 and Weston Road area in Woodbridge with her 40-year-old boyfriend, who suffered minor injuries.
Police have speculated that she was an innocent victim and her boyfriend was the intended target.
Musitano, 39, was murdered in the driveway of his Waterdown home on May 2, 2017. His older brother Pasquale (Pat) was murdered in July in a Burlington parking lot.
No arrest has been made in that murder.
Investigators have been probing Cudmore as one of three suspects as the killers in the Barberi and Angelo Musitano attacks.
Police haven’t publicly said who they think hired the trio to do the murders.
Suspect Daniel Mario Tomassetti, 29, of Ancaster, fled to Mexico in January 2018 while Cudmore escaped to Mexico after the Musitano murder.
Suspect Jabril Hassan Abdalla of Hamilton had been in custody in Canada since his arrest in Sept. 2018 on charges of first-degree murder in both the Angelo Musitano and Barberi killings.
No trial date has been set for Abdalla. Tomassetti has not been located but is still believed by police to be in Mexico.