Ottawa police want the public’s help after finding a bloodstained metal bar in a wooded area in the city’s south end.

Police say the bar was found on the west side of Cedarview Road about 300 metres north of Cambrian Road.

Sources tell CBC News the bar is believed to be linked to the homicide of Jagtar Gill, a Barrhaven woman found dead in her home in January.

Gurpreet Ronald, a 34-year-old married mother of two, has been charged with first-degree murder after Gill was found stabbed to death.

​Gill, 43, was found dead by her husband and 15-year-old daughter on Jan. 29 — one day after she had hernia surgery, and also the day of her 17th wedding anniversary — in the living room of her home at 174 Brambling Way.

Gurpreet Ronald charged first-degree murder of Jagtar Gill Barrhaven Ottawa

Gurpreet Ronald has been charged with first-degree murder in the January 2014 stabbing death of Jagtar Gill. (Facebook)

A police source told CBC News DNA evidence was used to link Ronald to the homicide.

Now police believe this metal bar was used to strike Gill before she was stabbed, sources add.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Ronald lives on Towhee Place, one street over from the Gill family home. Sources said Ronald works for OC Transpo with Gill's husband, Bhupinderpal, and that Ronald and Bhupinderpal were close.

Gill's death was Ottawa's first homicide of 2014.

Anyone with information about the metal bar is asked to call Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.