An Ontario nurse has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of eight patients in her care in the last decade.
According to CTV News, Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of eight of her elderly patients over the last 10 years.
"The victims were administered a drug," Ontario Provincial Police detective Dave Truax told the Associated Press. The eight deaths took place between 2007 and 2014.
"We're not in a position at this time to comment further on the specifics of the drug as it forms part of the evidence that is now before the courts," Truax added.
Wettlaufer was an employee of the Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes, which has 15 facilities in Ontario.
According to police, seven of the eight victims were killed at a Caressant nursing home in Woodstock, Ontario, which is located between Toronto and Hamilton. The other victim died at the Meadow Park facility, where Wettlaufer also worked.
The victims have been identified as 84-year-old James Silcox, 87-year-old Gladys Millard, 95-year-old Helen Matheson, 84-year-old Maurice Granat, 96-year-old Mary Zurawinski, 90-year-old Helen Young, 79-year-old Maureen Pickering, and 75-year-old Arpad Horvath.
Police declined to comment on a possible motive for the killings.
According to CTV News, Wettlaufer is divorced and moved into her parents' home after leaving drug rehab. In 2015, she posted on her Facebook page, "One year ago today I woke up not dead. 365 days clean and sober."
A neighbor reportedly said that Wettlaufer once mentioned being fired from a job for stealing medication and being intoxicated at work. However, these claims have never been verified.