Police Asked to Investigate More Deaths in Case of Accused Serial Killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer
This could bring the total to 10 victims.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been asked to investigate two more possible victims of former Ontario nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the CBC reports.
Two more London, Ontario, families have asked that the OPP investigate the deaths of their family members that occurred at one of the nursing homes where Wettlaufer, 49, had worked between 2007 and 2014.
The investigation could potentially add two more victims to the list, bringing the total to ten elderly persons that Wettlaufer allegedly administered a lethal substance to.
William Brennan, the lawyer representing the two families told the CBC that: "Obviously, everyone in a nursing home has some health issues but [these] individuals had nothing that was expected to cause their death imminently. They were unexpected deaths."
The investigation began in late September after Wettlaufer apparently revealed information to staff about the deaths at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she had voluntarily checked herself into for substance abuse.
She was arrested and charged in October for the deaths of eight elderly persons between ages 75 and 96. The investigation spanned London, Oxford, and Brant, Ontario, while the crimes are said to have been committed primarily at Caressant Care, a long-term care facility located just outside of Woodstock, Ontario.
The two most recent families to come forward claim that their loved ones were patients of Wettlaufer during her time at the Meadow Park facility in London.
The investigation by OPP is still ongoing and more information is expected to be available at the end of January. Meanwhile, Wettlaufer is currently stationed at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton where she is awaiting trial.
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