KGAN [Cedar Rapids, Iowa] : Coroner adjourns inquest into death of British spy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Coroner adjourns inquest into death of British spy

February 15, 2011

LONDON (AP) -- A coroner says it is increasingly unlikely police will track down a couple they want to interview about the death of a British codebreaker whose decomposing body was found inside a padlocked sports bag.

Paul Knapman is overseeing an inquest into the death of Gareth Williams, who was found in the bathtub of his London home in August.

Police have made no arrests and are not certain how the 31-year-old agent died.

Knapman said Tuesday that some 40 of Williams' fellow spies had been interviewed by police and could give evidence. He adjourned the inquest until March 31, while police await the results of forensic tests.

And he said it was "less and less likely" that a man and woman seen at Williams' home weeks before his death would come forward.