The Mounties are now on board with Ottawa Police’s investigation into a triple homicide here last month.
Five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers are now working alongside city police’s Major Crime Unit to help find who killed a former tax court judge, his wife and their neighbour after the trio was discovered dead on June 30.
The victims were later identified as 77-year-old judge Alban Garon, his wife Raymonde, 73, and the couple's friend and neighbour, Marie-Claire Beniskos, 78. Although it was widely reported that the victims were bound and beaten to death, police are still not releasing the causes of death.
The RCMP has assisted city police at every major case in the past two years, said Staff-Sergeant Monique Perras. While the RCMP officers are not specialists, they are doubling up with major crime investigators, she said.
“Resources are not as numerous, as you will, in the summertime, and it helps with staffing,” she said. “It has to do with the amount of work needed and the staffing.”
Police continue to canvass the buildings in the condo complex and surrounding neighbourhood this week.
Perras said she did not have information on whether the public has come forward with information regarding suspicious vehicles in the area in the days leading up to the deaths.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ottawa Police Service Major Crime at 613-236-1222 ext. 5477.