Update - Multi-Jurisdiction Homicide Investigation

Jan 13, 2017

Additional Criminal Charges Laid in Connection With Patient Deaths

WOODSTOCK, ON, Jan. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Investigators from Woodstock Police Service, London Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Oxford and Brant County detachments have laid six (6) additional charges against a Woodstock resident in relation to persons in her care.  

An initial investigation relating to patients from long term care facilities in London and Woodstock and Paris, Ontario began in September 2016, under the direction of multi-jurisdictional Major Case Manager Detective Inspector Rob HAGERMAN of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). As a result of the investigation, on October 25 of 2016, investigators charged 49-year-old Elizabeth Tracey Mae WETTLAUFER of Woodstock Ontario, with eight (8) counts of First Degree Murder.

Following further investigation, WETTLAUFER has been charged with four (4) counts of Attempt Murder and two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault. The accused will appear to answer these charges at Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock on January 13, 2017. 

The names of the victims, their ages, the associated criminal charge laid, their respective places of residence, and the time frame for when the alleged offence occurred are as follows:  

Caressant Care – Woodstock, Ontario




Time Frame

Clotilde ADRIANO        


Aggravated Assault            

JUN.-DEC. 2007



Aggravated Assault            

JUN.-DEC. 2007

Wayne HEDGES          


Attempt Murder                    

SEP.-DEC. 2008

Michael PRIDDLE        


Attempt Murder                    

JAN.2008 – DEC.2009

Telfer Place – Brant County, Ontario

Sandra TOWLER          


Attempt Murder                    

SEP. 2015

Private Residence – Oxford County, Ontario

Beverly BERTRAM       


Attempt Murder                    

AUG. 2016


Four of the six victims (ADRIANO, DEMEDEIROS, HEDGES and PRIDDLE) have since died although their confirmed causes of death are not attributed to the accused. Anyone with further information about this case is encouraged to contact the Woodstock Police Service at 1-519-537-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information: Sergeant David S. Rektor, Phone: 519-652-4156, E-mail: david.rektor@opp.ca