Tip from psychiatric hospital led to probe into alleged nursing home murders: source

The woman accused of killing eight nursing home residents in Woodstock and London spent Tuesday night behind bars.

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer remains in police custody, awaiting her next court appearance on Nov. 2.

Revelations came to light on Wednesday about the former registered nurse who is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.

Police were first alerted to a number of suspicious deaths after the nurse accused in the case told someone at the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, police sources told CTV Toronto.

While the nurse -- identified by police as 49-year-old Bethe Wettlaufer -- was seeking treatment at the Toronto facility, sources told CTV Toronto that she tipped off someone at the centre about the deaths of eight seniors during her time at two long-term care homes.

Staff at CAMH then notified Toronto’s homicide unit, who turned the case over to police in Woodstock, sources confirmed. Woodstock Police arrested and charged Wettlaufer on Monday night.

Police accuse Wettlaufer for being responsible for the deaths of seven patients at the Caressant Care facility in Woodstock and one patient at Meadow Park in London. Police confirm the homicides occurred between 2007 and 2014.

The alleged victims were given a drug, but police would not give specifics at a news conference on Tuesday.

Police identified the victims at Caressant Care as James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, and Maureen Pickering, 79. The victim who lived at Meadow Park in London has been identified as 75-year-old Arpad Horvath.

Prior to her arrest, Wettlaufer agreed to a peace bond - requiring her to live with her parents in Woodstock.

Wettlaufer’s parents have been asked by their lawyers not to speak with the media – however her father, Doug Parker, did say a few words about his daughter to CTV Kitchener.

Doug Parker’s eyes welled up before saying the entire ordeal has been very trying on the family, especially with his wife. He says his daughter is a compassionate, smart and talented woman.

As for what’s next with the charges his daughter is facing, Parker tells CTV Kitchener the family has strong faith and they will look to god for guidance.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be laid.