BELLEVILLE, ON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - On Sunday, February 7, 2010, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Belleville Police arrested 46-year-old Russell Williams, of Tweed, Ontario for the disappearance and death of 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd who was last seen on January 28, 2010.
As a result of information sharing, the Belleville Police Service and the OPP began reviewing other serious incidents in the vicinity of the City of Belleville. Due to similarities in those incidents, the police investigative team linked this case to other crimes.
Williams came to the attention of the police as a result of information gathered during a road side canvass on Highway 37 on the night of February 4, 2010. On Sunday, February 7, 2010 Williams was arrested in Ottawa.
As a result of the intense joint police investigation, Williams is charged with:
1. 1st degree murder of Jessica Lloyd,
2. 1st degree murder of Marie Comeau
3. 2 counts of forcible confinement and
4. 2 counts of Break and enter and sexual assault
Marie France Comeau was found murdered in her Brighton residence on November 25, 2009. Comeau was a Corporal with 437 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
In September of 2009 there were two separate home invasions, in the Tweed area in which two women were the victims of sexual assault.
The body of Jessica Lloyd was located this morning off Carry Road, in the Municipality of Tweed. The post mortem is being scheduled at the Coroner's Office, Toronto.
The joint investigative team would like to thank the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service their assistance and cooperation.
The Belleville Police Service and the OPP are continuing to work together. If anyone has information, they are asked to call the OPP, Belleville Police or Crimestoppers.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information: For further information: Ontario Provincial Police, Sgt. Kristine Rae, (613) 267-2626; Belleville Police Service, Sgt. Julie Forestell, (613) 966-0882