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Another Cleroux Victim?

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Ottawa police have found human remains in a forest off of Albion Road, which they believe could be linked to the case against accused serial killer Camille Cleroux.

Cleroux, 58, is accused of killing ex-wives Lise Roy and Jean Rock, as well as former neighbour Paula Leclair, over a period of two decades.

albion road and heatherington road, ottawa

Police returned to an area called the Fairlea Woods near the Trainyards neighbourhood to search for evidence connected to the trial, police say. The coroner was also at the scene Friday.

Police were also searching a second location in the same woods, about a kilometre away.

A woman at the scene who identified herself as a friend of Rock told reporters Friday she was desperate to find out if the remains were her friend’s.

The woman — who gave only her first name, Diane — said she and Rock’s family are looking for closure.

The search is expected to last a few days, police said. The remains will be sent to a Toronto forensic centre and the results may not be available for several months.

Accused killer agrees to trial

In March, Cleroux agreed to end his preliminary hearing and stand trial on three counts of first-degree murder. The hearing had originally been on hold while police examined remains found at his former home on Heatherington Road in south Ottawa.

Cleroux was arrested and charged in 2010 in the death of Leclair, 64, after her body was discovered in a wooded area south of the high-rise building on Fairlea Crescent where she lived.

Cleroux lived in the same apartment building as Leclair and had taken over her apartment, prompting her son to report her missing.

He was later charged in the deaths of two former wives. His first wife, Roy, disappeared in 1990, and his second wife, Rock, was last seen in 2003.

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Humans Remains Found At Serial Killer’s Home

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.

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