Trenton Base Commander Charged with Murder-Investigation Expands
Colonel Russ Williams, Base Commander (Commander 8 Wing), Canadian Forces Base Trenton, has been charged with two counts of murder.
Williams has been charged with the murders of Jessica Lloyd, 27, who went missing on January 29th and also the murder of Corporal Marie France Comeau, 38, who was found murdered near Brighton, Ontario on November 25th.
Russell has also been charged with two sexual assaults dating back to September.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was called in to assist in the investigation and a roadside canvas apparently led the investigation to Colonel Russell.
Russell was arrested Sunday night.
The Chief of Air Staff (Commander of Canadian Air Force) stated that he was aware of the situation. In a statement released earlier he said all charges against military personnel are taken seriously.
Although persons are considered innocent until proven guilty, in view of the seriousness of the charges, an interim Base Commander will be appointed for 8 Wing Trenton.
Colonel Williams's homes will be searched today. He has been remanded to custody until a video court appearance on February 18th.
Investigation Expands to Open Cold Cases Across the Country
Investigators are expanding their investigation to look at cold cases as far back as the early 90s, when Colonel Russell Williams was stationed in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
One specific case is the murder of a Nova Scotia woman, Kathleen MacVicar. MacVicar was murdered near Trenton in 2001.
Colonel Williams' Career Path
Colonel Williams had a degree in Political Science and Economics before joining the military. He seems to have been on a clearly charted career path. He joined the military in 1987.
In 1992 he was posted to Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He flew the CC 144 Challenger Jet and patrolled the East coast.
In 1996 he was posted to Ottawa where he flew the CC144 Challenger, VIP aircraft for the Governor General , Prime Minister and senior ministers of the Canadian government.
In 2004 he received a Masters degree in Defence Studies at Royal Military College.
He did a stint at National Defence Headquarters responsible for career management for pilots. This is a fairly big job that entails assignments, promotions and professional training of individuals.
He commanded Forward Operational Base Mirage, which resupplies Afghanistan.
While at another tour at National Defence Headquarters he was responsible for the purchase of Heavy Lift Helicopters and C7 Cargo Aircraft.
2009 becomes Wing Commander of CFB Trenton.
Recently he was responsible for deployment to Haiti and the dispatch of the DART team which were under his command in Trenton.
Police said Williams has also been charged with two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of break and enter and sexual assault in connection with two sexual assaults of two Tweed women back in September.
Williams was arrested Sunday in Ottawa.
Police told reporters in Belleville today that a roadside canvas on Feb. 4, brought Williams to their attention.
Lloyd, 27, went missing Jan. 29. after she failed to show up for her job with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services in Napanee. The last time anyone heard from Lloyd was the night before when she sent a text message to a friend.
Her body was found early Monday morning off Cary Rd. near Tweed.
Last week, friends of Lloyd started distributing vehicle decals with photos of her, as well as her description and contact information for police.
Comeau, 38, was found murdered in Brighton, Ont., on Nov. 25, 2009. She was a member of 437 Squadron at CFB Trenton.
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