A senior military official faces a pair of first-degree murder charges in two separate Ontario slayings.
Police said Monday that Colonel Russell Williams, 46, of Tweed, Ont., has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jessica Lloyd, of Belleville, Ont., who went missing Jan. 28.
As well, he faces a second count of first-degree murder in the death of Marie Comeau, a Corporal with 437 Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.
Col. Williams, who is a commander at CFB Trenton, also faces two counts of forcible confinement and two counts of break and enter and sexual assault.
During a visit at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and General Walter J. Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, are pictured with Colonel Russ Williams (far right), Wing Commander of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, on Jan. 17, 2010. (Combat Camera)
Early reports Monday suggested that Col. Williams's home in Tweed had been cordoned off while police searched the residence.
Ms. Lloyd was reported missing after she failed to show up for her job with the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services in Napanee, Ont. The last time anyone heard from Ms. Lloyd was at 10:36 p.m. on Jan. 28 when she sent a text message to a friend.
Cpl. Comeau was found murdered in her Brighton, Ont., residence on Nov. 25, 2009.
Col. Williams enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1987 after receiving his degree in economics and political science at the University of Toronto, according to his official biography.
While posted to squadrons in Shearwater, N.S., and Ottawa he flew the CC144 Challenger.
He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 2004, and was commanding officer of 437 Squadron in Trenton for two years.
Between December 2005 and June 2006, he was the commanding officer for Camp Mirage, the secretive Canadian Forces forward logistics base that's not officially acknowledged by the government or military but has been widely reported to be near Dubai.
His Defence Department biography says he is married.