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Police had early tip in Wood murder: report

A new report says someone called Crime Stoppers the day Ardeth Wood's body was found, and it contained information pointing directly to the man who was later charged with her murder.

A new report says someone called Crime Stoppers the day Ardeth Wood's body was found, and it contained information pointing directly to the man who was later charged with her murder.

The call was made Aug. 11, 2003 by someone claiming to have a professional relationship with Chris Myers, according to the Ottawa Citizen. That was the day a police tracking dog found Wood's body concealed under brush by Green's Creek.

The caller also said he or she had consulted a lawyer before making the call.

The tipster was someone who had been treating Myers professionally, likely a social worker, the newspaper says.

The caller told the volunteer on the phone he or she felt compelled to seek legal advice before betraying a patient relationship. Social workers who feel a client poses an imminent threat to themselves or others are obliged to report the concern to the police.

The detective in charge of the case says the tip was one of thousands, and the information still had to be properly checked out, and cross-referenced with the other tips.

The Crime Stoppers board recently decided the anonymous caller had earned the $1,000 usually given for information leading to an arrest. But the money was never claimed.

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