Death of UK Spy Found in Gym Bag 'Probably an Accident'

Police think Gareth Williams was alone

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 13, 2013 7:27 AM CST

(Newser) – The MI6 spy whose naked body was found inside a zipped, padlocked gym bag probably died ... by accident, UK police have decided. The coroner said last year Gareth Williams was probably killed by someone else in a criminal act, but now the Metropolitan Police have completed an evidence review and say it's "more probable" no one else was in his apartment when he died in his bathroom in 2010, the BBC reports. The deputy assistant commissioner said today it's "theoretically possible" Williams locked himself into the bag.

Not surprisingly, Williams' family is sticking with the coroner's initial finding, saying in a statement, "We consider that on the basis of the facts at present known, the coroner's verdict accurately reflects the circumstances of Gareth's death." And the AP notes that the police department's "tentative conclusion" is "unlikely to calm conspiracy theories around the bizarre case." Police say they found little evidence of foul play in the code-breaker's death, no signs of a struggle or forced entry, and no evidence that the apartment had been forensically cleaned to remove DNA. Click for more on the strange case.

This undated file photo provided by the Metropolitan Police shows British intelligence official Gareth Williams.
This undated file photo provided by the Metropolitan Police shows British intelligence official Gareth Williams.   (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police, File)
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