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Woman reported missing in Belleville, Ont.

Police are looking for a Belleville, Ont., woman who was last seen about three weeks ago, but add there is currently no connection between her and Col. Russell Williams, the former military base commander who has been charged in the deaths of two women in the area.

No apparent link to Col. Russell Williams: police

Police are looking for a Belleville, Ont., woman who was last seen about three weeks ago, but add there is currently no connection between her and Col. Russell Williams, the former military base commander who has been charged in the deaths of two women in the area.

Deborah Rashotte, 27, was last seen on or around Jan. 23, Belleville police said. Her family reported her missing Thursday.

According to police, relatives weren't initially concerned that they hadn't heard from Rashotte for a number of days. They described her as a free spirit, and concluded that she was likely staying at a friend's residence for a few days, said the CBC's Hannah Thibedeau, reporting from Ottawa.

But the family decided to notify police after hearing that Williams, the top commander at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jessica Lloyd of Belleville and Marie-France Comeau of nearby Brighton.

Williams also faces charges for home invasions and sexual assaults.

Lloyd, 27, was reported missing Jan. 29 when she didn't show up for work at a transportation company in nearby Napanee.

Her body was found last Monday near Tweed, a small town north of Belleville.

But Belleville police told CBC News there is very likely no connection between Rashotte's disappearance and Williams's arrest on murder charges. They attributed the timing of Rashotte's disappearance to coincidence.

She is described as being five feet seven inches, weighing about 140 pounds and having red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts has been asked to contact Belleville police at (613) 966-0882.

By early Sunday evening, more than 2,600 people had joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding Rashotte.