Accused in ‘Nation River Lady’ murder returns to Canada

By Anil Jhalli

The individual accused of killing a woman and disposing of her body east of Ottawa in 1975 is back in Canada.

On Dec. 1, 2023, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigators with help in Florida by the U.S. Marshals Service-Office of International Operations, escorted Rodney Nichols, who was charged with murder in late 2022, from Hollywood, Florida to eastern Ontario.

The accused remains in custody and is scheduled to make a virtual appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on December 2, 2023.

On May 3, 1975, the remains of a woman were found in the Nation River, a short distance from the Highway 417 bridge near the town of Casselman. As her identity could not be determined at that time, she became known as the ‘Nation River Lady.’ 

In 2020, the victim was identified as 48-year-old Jewell ‘Lalla’ Langford through what the OPP described as advanced DNA testing.

“As this case is now before the courts, the OPP cannot provide any additional information on the investigation,” an OPP release stated.

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