No new evidence emerges after review into death of British spy found in bag

Tests reveal no traces of alcohol, drugs or poison in body

A review into the death of a British spy whose naked, decomposing body was found padlocked in a bag in his bathtub, has not uncovered any new evidence, London police said on Monday.

Gareth Williams (31) was working for Britain’s external intelligence service MI6 when he was found dead at his home in August 2010. The nature of his job and death provoked what police later called “weird and wonderful” conspiracy theories.

Although a coroner concluded in 2012 that Williams was probably killed unlawfully by another person, a police investigation found he had probably died accidentally on his own, rejecting suspicions that the unusual death had involved foreign spies.

A further forensic review was commissioned in 2021 and its findings, delivered last November, had not thrown further light on the case, according to Det Chief Insp Neil John, the senior investigating officer.


“No new DNA evidence was found and no further lines of enquiry were identified,” said Det Chief Insp John.

Williams worked as a code breaker at the Government Communications Headquarters in western England but was on a three-year secondment to MI6, which deals with foreign espionage matters at the time of his death.

The remains of the maths prodigy were found curled up inside a zipped and padlocked red hold-all at the London flat — an intelligence service “safe house” — close to MI6′s headquarters.

His body was badly decomposed after remaining in the bag in the August heat for a full week until he was discovered. Tests found no traces of alcohol, drugs or poison in his body.

Police found make-up, a long-haired wig and unworn women’s clothes and shoes worth about £20,000 in Williams’s flat. — Reuters