The preliminary inquiry for an Ottawa man accused of killing three women may be put on hold as police are now investigating the discovery of human remains at a former home of the accused.
Camille Cleroux, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women over several years.
He is accused in the 2010 death of 64-year-old Paula Leclair, whose body was found June 2010, as well as two former spouses, Lisa Roy, 27, who disappeared in 1999 and Jean Rock, 32, who has not been seen since 2003.
While Leclair’s body has been found, the bodies of the other two women have not.
Preliminary inquiries are held to determine if there is enough evidence for a case to go to trial.
A construction crew that was digging in the backyard of what neighbours said was once Cleroux’s former home found human remains on Monday.
The Crown attorney told CBC News on Wednesday the dig behind Unit 153 at 1535 Heatherington Rd. was purely coincidental and was not motivated by the charges against Cleroux.
Specialized forensic units have been on the scene since Monday collecting samples and sifting through debris for any potential evidence.
Police officials said it could take a few more days before they complete their work at the Heatherington Road townhouse.
According to the coroner, it appeared the remains had been buried for several years.