MURDERED SPY MAY HAVE MET HIS KILLER ON MISSIONS TO USA
THE hunt for the killer of British spy Gareth Williams switched to the USA yesterday.
Grieving relatives of the MI6 code breaker revealed that he had been sent on several missions to America.
He is understood to have returned from there shortly before he was killed.
Police investigating the murder of the brilliant mathematician are trying to establish who he met in the US and if any of his contacts visited Britain recently. Scotland Yard detectives are trying to build up a picture of his private life and his movements in the month before he was killed.
They are convinced the key to the mystery lies in his personal not his professional life. His uncle Bill Hughes, of Anglesey said: “Gareth regularly flew out to the US on business. He’d be gone for a couple of weeks, maybe three, each time and he probably went out there two or three times a year for the past two years, I think. He must have got home from his last trip out there two or three weeks before he died.”Family and friends described the spy as a man of great intellectual ability, bordering on genius, but also a loner, who was vulnerable because he was so naive.
The 31-year-old was found dead on Monday afternoon stuffed in a sports bag and dumped in the bath of his flat in Pimlico, central London.
His body had lain there for up two weeks. Scientists are carrying out more tests after a post mortem examination proved inconclusive. Although no secret material is thought to have been stolen, detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the killer is from the intelligence world.
They believe the spy may have known his attacker and let him into the flat. However, reports that the spy was a transvestite with a secret double life have been dismissed. Mr Williams was on secondment to MI6 from the Government communications centre GCHQ. He was due back at the Cheltenham-based establishment next week.Read more and watch the video report...