Police to review death of MI6 agent Gareth Williams after new information

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Police are reviewing the case of an MI6 agent whose body was found locked inside a holdall with the zips padlocked and the key inside.

The naked body of Gareth Williams, from Anglesey, was discovered at his London flat more than a decade ago in 2010. Earlier this month a retired police boss outlined some new possible leads in the case.

Now the Metropolitan Police (MPS) has said it will be reviewing the new information. A spokeswoman said: “The MPS is reviewing this new information and will assess whether there are any new investigative opportunities in this case.

“There is an established review process for investigations whereby new information and/or forensic opportunities are considered. At this stage no forensic review has been commissioned.”

In 2013 the Metropolitan Police concluded the GCHQ codebreaker’s death was “probably an accident” and closed the case. However, Mr Williams’ family suspect he was murdered and a coroner said the 31-year-old was probably unlawfully killed.



CCTV capturing Gareth Williams in the days before he died
CCTV capturing Gareth Williams in the days before he died

Now the police chief who helped run the investigation has told how DNA belonging to two people has never been identified and he suspects the death is linked to Mr Williams’ private life, which included an interest in bondage.

Hamish Campbell, the now-retired detective chief superintendent who oversaw the investigation, along with a barrister for Mr Williams’ family, thinks it is time for a new review of the case.

Mr Campbell, in charge of the homicide and serious crime command at that time, believes that a hit by the Russian state could be ruled out.

Investigators found DNA fragments belonging to two people on the padlock and the holdall’s handle, but neither person has been identified



Metropolitan Police handout graphic of the red sports bag that Gareth Willaims body was discovered in at his flat in Alderney Street
Metropolitan Police handout graphic of the red sports bag that Gareth Willaims body was discovered in at his flat in Alderney Street

An unknown person’s DNA was also found on a green towel in the flat.

Mr Campbell told the Sunday Times that forensic material found at the secret service flat in central London and now held in storage, could provide a breakthrough. Read more about the case here.

He said the spy lived alone and there were no signs he was in a relationship.

The retired detective suspects the codebreaker entered the bag of his own free will, but acknowledges it would be “bizarre” to crawl into the bag voluntarily.



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