Update - Multi-Jurisdiction - Homicide Investigation

Oct 25, 2016

Charges Laid In Connection With Long Term Care Patient Deaths

WOODSTOCK, ON, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - A Woodstock resident has been charged following a multi-jurisdiction homicide investigation at long-term care facilities in Woodstock and London.

The investigation began on September 29th, 2016, when the Woodstock Police Service received information that eight people had been murdered over a period of several years.  Due to the nature of the allegations, a multi-jurisdictional Major Case Manager was contacted. Detective Inspector Rob Hagerman of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) was assigned to coordinate the investigation by members of the Woodstock Police Service and London Police Service.

A nurse employed at the facilities, 49-year-old Elizabeth Tracey Mae WETTLAUFER of Woodstock, is charged with eight (8) counts of First Degree Murder.  The accused appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock on October 25, 2016 and was remanded into custody.

The names of the victims, their age, and their respective care facility are:

           Name (Age)   


Date of Death

James SILCOX (84)            

Caressant Care – Woodstock   

August 17, 2007

Maurice GRANAT (84)   

Caressant Care - Woodstock

December 23, 2007

Gladys MILLARD (87)      

Caressant Care – Woodstock

October 14, 2011

Helen MATHESON (95)   

Caressant Care – Woodstock   

October 27, 2011


Caressant Care – Woodstock

November 7, 2011

Helen YOUNG (90)     

Caressant Care – Woodstock  

July 14, 2013

Maureen PICKERING (79)

Caressant Care – Woodstock 

March 28, 2014

Arpad HORVATH (75)    

Meadow Park – London      

August 31, 2014


As a result of this ongoing investigation, police reiterate there is no further immediate threat to patient or community safety.

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: Media Contact: Sergeant David S. Rektor, Community Service Coordinator - OPP West Region, Telephone: 519-652-4156, E-mail: [email protected]