Missing Johnston Co. man found dead in VA

Matthew Williams (Image courtesy family)

January 9, 2012 9:15:15 AM PST
Investigators in Richmond, Virginia say a body pulled from the James River is that of a missing Johnston County man.

The remains of 23-year-old Matthew Williams were found in a canal less than a block away from where lived.

Williams had been missing since mid-December.

Since then, there has been an extensive search along the canal. Divers have been in the water almost every day since he disappeared last month.

Three men have been charged in connection with a burglary at Williams' apartment that occurred the night he was last seen. But the Richmond Police Department said Monday that detectives do not suspect foul play and are not actively searching for any suspects.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

Williams had moved to the Richmond area from North Carolina in November. He was reported missing to police on Dec. 14.

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