Russell Williams: Another woman goes missing in Belleville

Well this certainly throws a spanner in the works:

Police are looking for another missing woman in the same city that Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd was from. Belleville authorities issued a release late Saturday asking for information about Deborah Rashotte, who was last seen about a month ago.

Rashotte’s disappearance came two weeks before Jessica Elizabeth Lloyd vanished on Jan. 27. Lloyd’s body was discovered two weeks ago and her death has now been linked to Col. Russell Williams, the former base commander of CFB Trenton.

Rashotte’s family reported her missing on Friday. Her last known location was St. Thomas Church in Belleville.

Ashley Clancey, a friend of Rashotte’s for about eight years, says her friend is a free spirit and for a long time, everybody in her life assumed that she was staying with somebody else.

It was the Williams case that alarmed Rashotte’s friends and family about the length of time she was missing, and they fear something is very wrong, Clancey said.

“She’s a very outgoing person, very friendly,” Clancey told CTV Ottawa. 

“She’d probably talk to about anybody. That’s the kind of person she is.”

Abandoned cell phone in bathroom

Rashotte’s cell phone was left in the bathroom of her father, where the 27-year-old was living. The last call on it was made on Jan. 23, and on Feb. 4 service was suspended due to non-payment, Clancey said.

Belleville police were not immediately available for comment. In the case of Lloyd, her cell phone and purse were also left in the house where she was staying prior to her disappearance and death.

Rashotte is described as five feet seven inches and 130 pounds. She has long, red hair and blue eyes and was last wearing a white jacket.

 

Anyone with any information should contact the Belleville Police Service at 613-966-0882.

New commander takes over at Trenton base

Lt.-Col. Dave Cochrane, a Toronto native, will take over Williams’ position at CFB Trenton. Williams is currently charged with causing the murder of Jessica Lloyd, whose funeral was on Saturday, and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau.

He is also accused of sexually assaulting two women in Tweed, a small town just outside of Trenton.

Police said in previous days that they are combing through cold cases in all of his previous locations, which include academics at Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto and postings at the Royal Military College, with postings in Portage la Prairie, Man., CFB Shearwater in Nova Scotia, the Middle East and Gatineau.

His name was Russell Sovka for part of his youth, when his mother divorced and then re-married his then-stepfather, Jerry.

Members of the Sovka family told CTV News Channel that the charges did not fit with the picture of the boy they knew.

His mother, Nonie, still lives in Toronto and works at Sunnybrook Health Centre. His wife, Mary-Elizabeth Harriman, is the associate executive director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Court appearance set for Thursday

As investigators searched Williams’ Ottawa home, two properties his wife owns and a lakeside couple that belongs to the couple, reports said Williams was placed under a suicide watch at the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ont., which is about 60 kilometres east of CFB Trenton.

The Ottawa police told CTV Ottawa that they and the OPP will share files as the scope of the investigation widens.

“To date, we’ve talked to people in break and enter and sex assault, but we’re merely in the preliminary stages of this invesigation,” said Insp. Al Tario of the Ottawa police.

With files from CTV Ottawa’s Kimothy Walker, Karen Soloman, CTV.ca and the Canadian Press

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  1. Deborah Rashotte was found deceased alongside the Moira River. An autopsy determined the cause of death as drowning. New information came to light on the OPP Missing Persons website. Police had issued a subpoena for Deborah to testify in a violent assault case. This resulted in her family filing a missing persons report. Police said in a news article during the early days of the case that they did not believe Deborah’s disappearance was linked to any other cases. We are left to wonder if the “violent assault” that she witnessed was in fact a violent assault on Deborah herself.

    Strangely enough, the Allore name appeared in Deborah’s obituary. The Rashotte name appears in connection with a building centre and Home Hardware store in Tweed, that has supplied CFB Trenton on a DND contract. And as we know, your branch of the Allore family was connected with a Trenton building supply centre that eventually became a Home Hardware. Strange coincidence, not related to the case, but interesting nonetheless.

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