A man wanted in connection to two homicides, believed to be the result of a power struggle within the mob’s ranks in 2017, has been found dead in Mexico.
Investigators had issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Michael Cudmore back in September of 2018 for the murders of Angelo Mustiano and Mila Barberi.
Hamilton police say they have since been informed that Cudmore was found dead at the end of June 2020.
They say few details have been released by the Canadian Embassy or Mexican authorities surrounding the circumstances of his death, but police say they learned his body was recovered in a vehicle abandoned at the side of a rural road.
Police are assisting Cudmore’s family in bringing his body back to Canada.
It was believed Cudmore fled to Cancun, Mexico, in May of 2017 and joined Daniele Ranieri, another person police were investigating.
However, Ranieri was found dead in March of 2018.
Meanwhile, Jabirl Abdalla, a man charged in connection with the two deaths in 2018, was expected to stand trial this month, but his trial date has not been set.
Musitano, a member of a notorious crime family, was shot dead in the driveway of his Hamilton home on May 2, 2017.
Barberi, 28, was killed in March 2017 when she was shot while sitting in her vehicle in Vaughan.
She was struck by bullets believed to have been intended for her boyfriend, Saviero Serrano, who was also shot but survived. Police allege Serrano’s father is tied to organized crime in York region.
Daniel Tomassetti of Ancaster is still wanted for both murders and his arrest warrant remains on file with Interpol. He also fled to Mexico on Jan. 27, 2018, and has not returned to Canada.
The Musitano family has been involved in organized crime going back three generations.
In 2000, Musitano and his brother Pat were charged with first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Hamilton crime boss Johnny “Pops” Papalia and the death of Papalia’s associate, Carmen Barillaro.
Pasquale “Pat” Musitano was shot and killed in Burlington in July of this year. There have been no suspects arrested in connection with his murder at this time.