The body of York University student Liu Qian, 23, of Beijing, was found on April 15th in her Toronto apartment a few hours after her boyfriend in China witnessed what appeared to be the beginning of the attack before her webcam was shut off.
Other sources said Dickson lived in the same apartment building as Liu and also attended the same university.
An autopsy on Liu’s body was inconclusive, and police say it may be weeks before the results of toxicology tests are known.
Liu Qian’s laptop computer, webcam and mobile phone were taken from her apartment the night of the attack, police said. Police said the online chat was on a live streaming camera and was not recorded, though investigators were trying to figure out if there was any way they could recover it.