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The naked body of MI6 spy Gareth Williams was found in a North Face holdall with the zips padlocked on the outside and the key inside with his corpse at his flat in Pimlico, London, a week after he was last seen alive
A retired police chief has revealed possible new leads over the death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, whose naked body was found inside a padlocked holdall in a bath.
He was 31 years old.
Gareth Williams Body in Bag
A police officer found the 31-year-old’s body in a North Face holdall, which had the zips padlocked on the outside and the key inside with his corpse, a week after the junior analyst was last seen alive.
In 2013, the Metropolitan Police concluded the GCHQ codebreaker’s death was “probably an accident” and closed the case, but his family suspect he was murdered and a corner said he was probably unlawfully killed.
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 Statement
Hamish Campbell, the now-retired detective chief superintendent who oversaw the investigation, has broken his silence and, along with the barrister for Mr Williams’ family, thinks it is time for a new review of the case.
He told the Sunday Times that forensic material found at the secret service flat in Pimlico, central London, and now held in storage could provide a breakthrough.
Detectives found a semen stain on the bathroom floor, leading them to suspect Mr Williams was involved in sexual activity shortly before his death, which is believed to have occurred on August 16, 2010.
Investigators found DNA fragments belonging to two people on the padlock and the holdall’s handle, but neither person has been identified, it was reported.
An unknown person’s DNA was also found on a green towel in the flat.
There are now calls for that DNA to be tested again.
As for who may have been in the flat with Mr Williams, if anyone, Mr Campbell said the spy lived alone and there were no signs he was in a relationship.
He suspects the codebreaker, from Anglesey in North Wales, entered the bag of his own free will but acknowledges it would be “bizarre” to crawl into the bag voluntarily.
Had Mr Williams been stripped and forced into the bag there would have been marks on his body or other signs of a struggle, the detective suggested.