Johnston County man remains missing in Richmond

Matthew Williams (Richmond Police Department)

December 20, 2011 4:57:10 AM PST
There's still no sign of 23-year-old Matthew Williams. He's the man from Four Oaks who vanished in Richmond, Va. He was last seen on Dec. 13.

Now, three men are in the custody of Richmond police and investigators consider them "persons of interest" in Williams' disappearance. Detectives are focusing their attention on a canal near his apartment.

Flyers, reward money, and six days later, there are no new leads. Dive teams came up empty-handed after searching the canal along the James River. Monday was the second day in a row they've swept the stream near Williams' waterfront neighborhood since he went missing.

Williams' loved ones from Four Oaks have traveled up to Richmond to deliver a public plea following a number of disturbing clues. Clues like surveillance video from outside Williams' apartment that show his last known time there.

Police say around 10 p.m. last Tuesday, the 23-year-old showed up with Tre Carrington, Erik Fingers, and Andrew Scott. After leaving with Williams, police say, three hours later, two of the men returned without him. They broke into the apartment and stole a television and gaming console.

Williams, who had recently moved to Richmond to start a job, is described as outgoing.

At last report, two of the three suspects are still at the Richmond city jail. Andrew Scott was released on bond.

Williams' family is offering a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.

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