Ropes allegedly found hanging from accused's ceiling
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Images of a naked man and a woman who were hanging and appeared lifeless were allegedly found on a cellphone in the home of an Abbotsford man charged with counselling to commit suicide.
Also apparently found at the residence of Kenneth William Carr was a room with ropes suspended from the ceiling, according to "information to obtain a search warrant" documents filed in Abbotsford provincial court.
Carr, 53, was charged with counselling to commit suicide last September after a woman reported to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) with ligature marks around her neck.
The documents state that the 48-year-old woman, who had met Carr not long before the incident, suffered from depression and anxiety disorder. Carr allegedly offered to help her commit suicide.
It is alleged that Carr had the woman prepare a suicide note and then gave her white pills, rigged a rope from the rafters, placed it over her head and had her stand on a chair.
The alleged victim told police that she awoke the next day, and Carr drove her home. A family member whom she confided in encouraged her to report the incident to police.
The documents indicate that police then searched Carr's home and allegedly found the cellphone, launching an investigation into a possible murder.
Carr allegedly told police that the people in the cellphone images were still alive and had been "made to look like they were dead" in the photos.
The documents also state that, when Carr was being investigated for the 1997 murder of Port Coquitlam teen Kathryn Kaminski, a police search of his work locker turned up 28 photos of women in various poses, some naked and some partially dressed.
"Two of the photos depicted women with a noose around their necks in a hanging position," the search warrant states.
Carr later was convicted of manslaughter in relation to Kaminski's death. The teen was found lying face down with a rope around her neck between two sets of train tracks in New Westminster.
The recent search warrant sought the seizure of other items in Carr's home, including a computer and a digital camera.
Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said that following the seizure of the cellphone, the photos were enhanced and police changed their opinion about their content.
Murder charges have not been laid, nor have the allegations in the search warrant been proved in court.
However, MacDonald said police still have concerns about whether anyone else might have experienced similar circumstances involving Carr. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.
Carr is next scheduled to appear in court on Thursday (Jan. 10) for a bail hearing. He has been in custody since his arrest.