Nursing home murder charges followed tip from CAMH staff
The suspect in eight nursing-home murders in southwestern Ontario was identified after she told staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto about the deaths, a source has confirmed to the Toronto Star.
Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer was at CAMH last month, where she shared the information, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.
CAMH then contacted Toronto police, who passed the information along to other police forces because none of the deaths occurred in Toronto.
On Tuesday, Wettlaufer, 49, was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in Woodstock.
Police say Wettlaufer gave unidentified drugs to seven residents at Caressant Care Woodstock and one resident at Meadow Park long-term-care home in London, Ont. The first case victim they identified was 84-year-old James Silcox, in Woodstock, who died on Aug. 17, 2007. The last was 75-year-old Arpad Horvath, on Aug. 31, 2014.
Information about the alleged killings came to Woodstock Police on Sept. 29 and a short time later a joint task force was created, with Ontario Provincial Police taking the lead.
Wettlaufer gave up her nursing licence on Sept. 30, and was arrested on Monday night.
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