Former Woodstock, Ont., nurse facing 8 murder charges in deaths of elderly patients

A former Woodstock, Ont., nurse is responsible for eight deaths of elderly patients in southwestern Ontario nursing homes, Ontario Provincial Police allege.

Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, 49, is facing eight counts of first-degree murder in deaths between August 2007 and August 2014, police said during a Tuesday morning news conference in Woodstock, a community of some 37,000 people about halfway between London and Hamilton. 

The victims were between the ages of 75 and 96. Police would not say how they died, except that seven were administered a fatal dose of a drug.

Wettlaufer was employed by Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes, which operates six facilities in southwest Ontario. Seven of the victims died at the company's Woodstock location, one died at the London facility.

According to the College of Nurses of Ontario, Wettlaufer was registered as a nurse in 1995. She resigned on Sept. 30, 2016, one day after the OPP say their investigation began.   

Caressant Care said in a statement she left the company two and a half years ago. 

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