Murder probe eyes Ottawa home

Investigators searched the Ottawa home of accused killer Col. Russ Williams on Tuesday. (File photo)

Investigators searched the Ottawa home of accused killer Col. Russ Williams on Tuesday. (File photo)

JUSTIN SADLER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:58 AM ET

OTTAWA - A pair of police investigators conducted a brief search of Col. Russ Williams' Ottawa home Tuesday.

OPP Det. Brian Mason and another investigator entered the 473 Edison Ave. home through the garage shortly before 2 p.m. and promptly went to the third floor, where they were seen looking in what appeared to be a bedroom and a bathroom.

About 15 minutes later they left carrying a red, leather woman's purse and two reusable shopping bags -- one from the LCBO and another from Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

They then briefly looked through a blue BMW parked in the driveway before leaving the site.

The investigators refused to comment and left the scene in an unmarked Chrysler Sebring.

OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae would not confirm what the investigators were looking for or what they left with.

"It's part of the ongoing investigation," she said. "They're looking at any avenue that may have any information or evidence pertaining to the case."

Williams, 46, shares the Edison Ave. home with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman, who works for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Williams, wing commander of CFB Trenton, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd. Williams has also been charged with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of breaking and entering and sexual assault after two Tweed women were attacked in September. He was arrested in Ottawa on Sunday.

Lloyd's body was found Monday near Williams' Tweed-area cottage property. She had been reported missing last week when she did not show up for work at the Belleville school board.

Police say the investigation continues, and they are looking back through Williams' history to determine if there are any other cases that could be linked to him. They are checking his various military postings against similar sex assault cases in those areas.

Ottawa police Insp. Al Tario said investigators are waiting to see what the OPP and Belleville police unearth before deciding whether to examine unsolved break-and-enter and sexual assault cases in Ottawa while Williams lived in the city.

"We're waiting for additional information from their investigation and then we'll look at our own business here," he said. "We're going to be meeting with the OPP because the accused lived in this area."

OPP officers continue to guard the Ottawa home.

-- with files from Scott Taylor

justin.sadler@sunmedia.ca


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