Ottawa police homicide detectives are pleading with the public for any information about the last days and hours of a Christian librarian who was sexually assaulted and beaten to death in a brazen daytime attack.
Elisabeth Salm, 59, a librarian at the Christian Science Reading Room since May 2011, was found bloodied, beaten unconscious and half-naked inside the office of the drop-in space at 141C Laurier Ave. W., near Elgin Street, around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Salm was taken to hospital where she was kept on life support before succumbing to her injuries Friday. It is the city’s 13th homicide of the year.
Hennie Buckshi, the clerk at the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Metcalfe Street, which operates the reading room, told this newspaper that Salm, her longtime friend, was “the sweetest.”
“She’s just always so loving, just looking at everyone in a very helpful way. There couldn’t be anybody better than that.
“It’s a real shock.”
Salm is survived by her husband. He answered the phone at their New Edinburgh home Friday afternoon but declined to speak, passing the phone to his brother, who asked for privacy while the family grieves. Their immediate priority will be contacting family and friends to tell them what’s happened, Salm’s brother-in-law said.