More online suicide chat cases sought

Nadia Kajouji. (Facebook)

Nadia Kajouji. (Facebook)

AEDAN HELMER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

OTTAWA - Nadia Kajouji might not be the only person who was allegedly coaxed into taking her own life by a Minnesota man, according to police.

Investigators with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children unit (ICAC) are looking into the possibility that 46-year-old William Francis Melchert-Dinkel is involved in "encouraging, advising and assisting adults and juveniles with committing suicide through the Internet."

Investigators have made no arrests and laid no charges against Melchert-Dinkel, a male nurse with a history of disciplinary action from the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Minnesota courts can impose a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if an individual is found guilty of encouraging a suicide.

Authorities seized a computer last March, finding online correspondence between a man, who was posing as a depressed young female, and Kajouji, who disappeared from her Carleton University dorm room March 9, 2008.

Investigators confirmed there were several Internet chats between the two, in which Kajouji was encouraged to take her own life.

Police said the final correspondence between the two occurred on the day Kajouji disappeared. Her body was discovered six weeks later on the banks of the Rideau River.

ICAC investigators are following up with other individuals contacted in online conversations about suicide.

Staff Sgt. Uday Jaswal said the Ottawa police investigation into Kajouji's death yielded much of the same information as their American counterparts.

"It's no secret that there was a chat log that we located off Nadia's computer, and some of that information was pertinent to the Minnesota investigation," said Jaswal.

AEDAN.HELMER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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